Jul 05, 2017 News
During the opening of tenders yesterday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), contractors vied for the contract to supply specific materials for the $1.2B East Bank Berbice Road Project.
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure is the procuring entity.
The contract was divided into five lots: lot one, supply of 40,500m3 (Cubic Metres) of white sand; lot two, 5,000m3 white sand/sand clay; lot three, supply of 7,200m3 crushed gravel aggregate; lot four, supply of 120 drums or bitumen CRS-2; and lot five, supply of 120 drums or bitumen RC 250.
Below are the names of the bidders along with their respective bids:
Early last month, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, had informed residents on the East Bank of Berbice that initially, there were talks with the Inter American Bank (IDB) to have the project funded at a cost of $1.8 B.
However, after not receiving any positive word from the IDB to go ahead with the project, Patterson sought assistance from the Government of Guyana- the Ministry of Finance – while proposing that he can make the project a reality at a lower cost of $1.2 B.
After consulting and deliberating on the offer, Patterson was given the green light by Cabinet to move forward with the project.
Construction will begin from Stanleytown and conclude at Everton Village, but will eventually run straight on to Mara Village. This will be done in phases.
The works that will be done include: site clearance and earthworks; sub-base and base works; pavement works; minor drainage works; incidental road works; traffic signs and road markings; and bridges and box culverts.
Street lights are also expected to be installed along the roadway. A special pavement will also be constructed for pedestrians.
Over the past few years, several protest actions would have taken place over the state of the link.
A special projects unit was deployed back in March of this year to carry out daily maintenance on the entire stretch of the East Bank Road. This was done at an approximate cost of $30M, reports say.
Meanwhile, at NPTAB yesterday, contractors submitted multimillion-dollar bids for the rehabilitation of structures along the link.
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure was also listed as the procuring entity.
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