The Government of Guyana announced that an agreement with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for additional work to be carried out at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) to the amount of approximately US$9M at the contractor’s cost.
The agreement was reached on Tuesday between the Ministry of Public Works and the Chinese contracting firm, with all works to be completed by 31st December 2021.
The new work will involve:
- An extension of the Airport’s boarding corridor in order to accommodate two more passenger boarding bridges, providing the Airport with a total of six boarding bridges capable of servicing aircraft such as the Boeing 777, Dreamliner, the AirBus and similar trans-atlantic aircraft.
- The Terminal Building being extended to provide accommodation for additional commercial space such as food courts and duty-free shops. The extended building will feature a modern airport façade covering the full length of the Departure Terminal.
- China Harbour Engineering Company have further agreed to rectify and complete all outstanding remedial works within prescribed timelines.
The Agreement was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Vladim Persaud, of the Ministry of Public Works on behalf of the Government of Guyana and Mr. Liu Keliang, Project Manager for and on behalf of China Harbour Engineering Company Limited.
The CJIA expansion project has been subjected to criticisms from the new government since it took office in August 2020. President, Dr. Irfaan Ali and other officials of the government have said that Guyana will not be tolerant of unsatisfactory work and made it clear that the project will only be accepted if it is done in accordance with the “original contract” that was signed in 2011.
The Ministry of Public Works entered into a “Fixed Priced Contract” to the tune of US$138 million to CHEC for the extension of the CJIA on November 11, 2011.