National Stakeholder consultation on Mazaruni hydro development to begin soon

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Guyana's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues - Birkett.
Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues – Birkett.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Government is set to commence briefing stakeholders with regards to pre-feasibility and feasibility studies that are required to be undertaken for the development of a hydropower in the Middle and Upper Mazaruni.

Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira, at a post Cabinet briefing, on Friday (March 7) advised that Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and their technical team will on March 19 commence the national stakeholders briefing on the development of the hydropower.

The project is among four being pursued by way of the Guyana-Brazil Cooperation agreement, under which a Memorandum of Understanding on Infrastructure Development was signed between the Guyana and Brazil on December 5, 2013.

This MOU is aimed at stimulating projects in the area of hydropower, road development and the construction of a deep water port.

Towards this end, a Guyana-Brazil Joint Technical Group was established with a mandate to produce proposals for concrete actions, as well as timetables for the implementation of these said four projects, and to present these to the Presidents of both states.

The report submitted to the Presidents on July 2013 recommended that pre-feasibility and feasibility studies be carried out at two sites in the Middle and Upper Mazaruni in order to make a final determination on the way forward with respect to hydropower development.

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