Approximately 1,500 more Chinese workers are being brought
to Trinidad to start work on the Alutrint Aluminium complex
at La Brea.
Confirmation came yesterday from acting CEO of Alutrint
Ltd Philip Julien, who said the piling phase of the project
was set for next month and production during the second
half of 2010.
knows there is a scarce labour market in Trinidad and Tobago
right now. The economy is hot, Julien told members
of the media yesterday, after a stakeholders forum
in Paria Suite, La Romaine.
us to get the best quality individuals in the quantities
required, to build a facility this size in the short period
specified, its more straight-forward for us to temporarily
bring in some workers for the critical part and offer the
locals the opportunity for the non-critical factors of the
project schedules, he explained.
Julien assured that there would be a transfer of technology,
despite the language barrier between the Chinese and the
He said interpreters, suitably technically and engineering-minded,
would be brought to the site to ensure that the technology
Stakeholders, however, expressed concerns about the spread
of prostitution and other communicable diseases in the La
Brea communit,y with the coming of the Chinese workers.
One Mr Phillip recalled the recent dengue scare among Chinese
workers employed on government projects in Port-of-Spain,
and enquired about Alutrints response in the event
of a similar health scare.
Alutrint administrative and finance manager Adrian Bernard
sought to allay their fears.
is nothing to worry about, Bernard noted. He said
the requirement for getting work permits was very vigorous
and workers would be screened.
In terms of 1,500 men seeking companionship while in this
country, Bernard, while trying to keep a straight face,
said they would educate the foreigners on the laws and culture
of the country.
Commenting about the impact the plant will have on rain
water residents collect for drinking in the absence of pipeborne
supply and emergency plans in case of a disaster, Bernard
also lamented the lack of infrastructure and utilities in
La Brea. Alutrint is going to construct a state-of-the-art
US$500 million plant in an area in T&T that is seriously
lacking in infrastructure.
only in industrial water, but in pipeborne water for residents,
a proper and reliable supply of telecommunications, natural
gas and electricity. All those are real issues that
we are faced with.