CJIA expansion to continue; will not exceed US$150M

A replica of CJIA’s new terminal
A replica of CJIA’s new terminal

[www.inewsguyana.com] – After extensive deliberations between the Guyana Government and the China Harbour Engineering Company , a decision has been made to complete the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).

Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson told reporters on Saturday, August 08 that the government held a week-long deliberation with China Harbours, where the company had requested an additional US$47 million to complete the project.

However, the government was able to have this money capped to US$23.7M, which means that’s the CJIA expansion would not pass the US$150 budget.

“The claim was reduced by almost half or more than half…it cannot exceed US$23.67M…This cap includes all claims to date…all variations, all designs fails for now and the future,” said the Public Works Minister.

The project is expected to commence within a week and is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2017, according to Patterson.

“We shall now construct the entire railway….extend, expand renovate terminal buildings,” he said.

Referring to the relocation of residents from Timehri North, which has been a touchy issue, Patterson stated that no more than 15 persons will have to be relocated.

The government has not yet formally spoken to these persons, but according to Patterson, plans are in place for that to be done in the near future.

“It was agreed that if any location is possible there is an area no less than a mile away…the residents will be located there and that shall be done by China Harbour railways,” the Minister stated. The project is intended to extend the runway at CJIA by about 3,200 feet.



  1. Looking at this aerial plan, it does not look to me that this expansion will in anyway affect the residents of North Timehri.


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