A major flood mitigation project is due to be undertaken in St. Mark’s to mitigate problems being experienced in the parish by flash flooding which over time has resulted in significant damage to the existing infrastructure.
The internationally renowned design and construction firm, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC), has been awarded the contract to begin engineering works and construction on the St. Mark’s Flood Mitigation Project.
Making her first public appearance at the May 29 ground-breaking ceremony in Victoria, St. Mark’s, just days after her arrival in Grenada, Ambassador from the Peoples Republic of China, Ou Boqian, spoke of being pleased that her country was able to offer assistance in financing a project that could offer jobs to the local work force, while protecting and developing the infrastructure of Grenada.
Ambassador Boqian said she looks forward to other opportunities where China and Grenada could collaborate on similar projects.
Parliamentary Representative for the St. Mark’s Constituency, Health Minister, Dr. Clarice-Modeste Curwen, made a plea for women in the communities to be employed.
Dr. Modeste-Curwen contended that women also need help in bringing food to the tables of their families.
Engineering studies for the project took place over the past several months under the previous NDC administration, and the implementation stage is set to begin.
The project involves watercourse dredging, slope protection and reconstruction, flood mitigation structure construction and waterfront road sub grade repair.
The cost of the contract is valued at 5 million US dollars with the construction period listed as 12 months.
Over the past three years since entering the Caribbean region, China Harbour has successfully completed a few large-scale infrastructure projects in Jamaica, while executing others in the Bahamas, with the Little Abaco Bridge project, and in Guyana, with the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
The Chinese company with Caribbean and Latin American Regional office has also undertaken major projects in Mexico, Panama, Chile and Columbia.
In Jamaica, where their regional headquarters is located, the company satisfied the government in the delivery of two major projects, the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works (USD $68 million), and the island-wide Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (USD$ 400 million) for the construction of a four-lane toll highway connecting the north of the island to the capital of Kingston.
CHEC’s core business is undertaking professional marine engineering and dredging.
Having now secured a relationship with the Grenada Government, China Harbour Engineering Company looks forward to the start-up of other projects in the island, as suggested in the Memorandum of Understanding with the local authorities.
One such project could be the expansion of the Carriacou Airport.