The Minister of Public Works of Suriname, Dr. Riad Nurmohamed, will be visiting Guyana from June 28-29, 2023, to participate in the second High-Level Decision Makers (HLDM) Meeting. This significant gathering marks the culmination of the Consultancy assignment awarded to WSP Caribbean in May 2022 for the Feasibility Study and Detailed Designs of the Corentyne River Bridge.
The HLDM Meeting serves as a pivotal event in the consultancy, where WSP Caribbean’s key experts will present the main findings, important considerations, and address queries from both the Guyana and Suriname delegations. The first HLDM Meeting took place in Suriname from February 27-28, 2023.
During his visit to Guyana, Dr. Nurmohamed will hold discussions with his ministerial counterpart, Bishop Juan Edghill, to address matters concerning the construction of the Corentyne River Bridge. The Tender Document for the project was issued to the five (5) prequalified contractors on May 9, 2023, and the submission deadline is August 1, 2023.
The Corentyne River Bridge will be developed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, following the Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain model (DBFOM). This means that the selected contractor or joint venture will be responsible for the final design, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of the bridge.
The prequalified contractors/joint ventures for the project are as follows:
1. China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC)
2. China Railway Construction International Ltd (CRCCI), China Railway Construction Caribbean Co Ltd (CRCCCL), and China Railway Construction Bridge Engineering Bureau Group Co Ltd (CRBG)
3. Ballast Nedam Infra Suriname B.V.
4. China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC)
5. China Overseas Engineering Group Co Ltd (COVEC), China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd (CREEC), and China Railway First Group (CRRG).
As per the agreement reached between Guyana and Suriname during the first HLDM Meeting, offers will be evaluated, negotiated, and a contract will be awarded by October 2023.