─ Brazilian among four companies submit bids
―Bridge and approach to the site completed; water supplies in place
―Work on fence ongoing; GPL awarded contract to provide power
The establishment of a state-of-the-art abattoir at Onverwagt West Coast of Berbice (WCB) moved a step closer to realisation with the opening of bids for its construction by the National Procurement and Tender Board, Tuesday. Bids were received from four companies.
The tenders will now be evaluated and a successful contractor identified for execution of the project.
Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) is the lead agency for the multimillion-dollar project.
Chief Executive Officer of GLDA, Nigel Cumberbatch disclosed, on Wednesday, that preparatory works at the site have seen the completion of a bridge and approach to the area where the facility will be constructed.
The potable water system has already been put in place and the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL Inc.) has been contracted to provide electricity to the complex.
The completion of the bridge is expected to facilitate the quick completion of installation of the electrical supply, Cumberbatch said.
Work is currently ongoing on a fence for the compound but this has been slowed somewhat by the inclement weather.
The Government of Guyana has contributed approximately $70M to the construction of the bridge and fence along with the installation of water and the electricity.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will provide funding for the abattoir and its meat processing facilities.
Cumberbatch said Wednesday, “we still have a way to go but at least the tenders have been opened and the tendering phase is behind us.”
When completed, the abattoir will be opened to cattle from all the cattle producing regions and the processing of meat will be done in keeping with sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) required by regional and international markets.
The facility will ensure that livestock farmers have adequate access to a state-of-the-art facility and the enhanced quality of meat produced will increase the possibility of them garnering lucrative export markets for the benefit of the local industry and their improved financial prospects.
Bids have been received from MP Investments and Contractors, Cobra Limited (Brazil a Joint venture), Jagmohan Hardware and Construction Services and Qingdao Tent Machinery Company (Joint Venture) BK International Inc and R. Bassoo & Sons Construction Company.