Friday 23rd March, 2007

 

Otaheite island moves closer to reality

 
 
 
 
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Prakash Saith president of the National Energy Corporation discusses the NEC’s planned offshore industrial island planned for Otaheite with past president of the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Bobby Montano during yesterday’s Energy Luncheon at Cara Suites Hotel, St margaret’s village, Claxton Bay. Photo :Rishi Ragoonath

Otaheite update

  • Government will award contract next week for design of artificial island
  • Government yet to get EMA approval
  • Anti-smelter group vows to continue protest action

BY SASCHA WILSON

GOVERNMENT’s proposed artificial industrial island off Otaheite will move closer to becoming a reality next week when Government is expected to award a contract to an international firm to begin designing the island.

Prakash Saith president of the National Energy Corporation of T&T admitted, though, that the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is yet to grant approval for the project.

Addressing the issue of ALCOA building its aluminium smelter plant on the island, Saith said Government is yet to make a decision on that, as Government has not yet identified any tenants for the island.

Saith was delivering the feature address at an energy luncheon, hosted by the South Chamber of Industry and Commerce at Cara Suites Hotel in St Margaret’s Village, Claxton Bay.

He said that in November 2006, Government invited tenders from top international firms around the world for the design of the island. Tenders were closed in February and after the contract is awarded next week, Government will be “proceeding as quickly as it could with its plans.”

He also said that the NEC wanted to create the island on a phased basis, he said the corporation expected the site to be completed within four years of the approval being granted by the EMA.

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