Miércoles, 25 de septiembre 2013 23:14
Jefe de la Secretaría Presidencial ( HPS ) , Dr. Roger Luncheon declaró , ayer, que el Amaila Falls Proyecto Hidroeléctrico será una realidad " APNU o no APNU , AFC AFC o no . "
No hace mucho tiempo , el gobierno había dicho que el proyecto Amaila Falls es demasiado importante y grande para quebrar y , a pesar de la condena generalizada de la oposición , se mantiene sus puertas abiertas para permitir un consenso nacional sobre el esquema .
"Hemos gastado miles de millones de dólares en el desarrollo de la carretera. Es bastante bien construida , muchas de las secciones se hayan completado . Por primera vez en la historia del país es la oportunidad de tener un proyecto hidroeléctrico completo , amplio , es decir, algo más de 60 megavatios. En este caso, por Amaila , que es de 160 megavatios ", afirmó .
Se espera que el proyecto Amaila hidroeléctrica para generar energía fiable , asequible y limpio y es un componente fundamental de la Estrategia de Desarrollo de Bajo Carbono de Guyana ( LCDS ) .
Speaking at his usual post-Cabinet media briefing in Office of the President, Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown, he does not mind the statement “by the hook or by crook” as it reflects the Administration’s intention to make
“We are absolutely, down to our bones, committed to this reality. By hook. The hope still exists. There is still that hope that the current configuration could be, in some way, resurrected. I do know that we are, assiduously, pursuing making renewable energy becoming a reality. APNU or no APNU, AFC or no AFC. By hook,” Luncheon maintained.
Not too long ago, Government had said the Amaila Falls Project is too important and big to fail and, despite widespread condemnation by the Opposition, it was keeping its doors open to allow for a national consensus on the scheme.
Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn had told the Guyana Chronicle that Government is still hopeful that the Opposition would “see the light” and have their concerns, misunderstandings and confusions sorted out.
“We have spent billions of dollars developing the road. It is fairly well built; many of the sections are completed. For the first time in the history of the country is the opportunity to have a complete, large hydropower project, meaning anything over 60 megawatts. In this case, for Amaila, it is 160 megawatts,” he stated.
Benn added: “We would think, given the importance of this project to the economic development of the country that it is too important and too big to fail. We would want to still open the door to the Opposition parties (APNU and AFC) to allow for the opportunity to have a national consensus on this project. And so we are still holding the door open.”
The minister had also emphasised that Amaila is not simply a Government or a PPP/C project. “It is also an APNU project and an AFC project, because it is a national project. But the Government is seeking ways, legally, to examine what avenues are open to advance the project.”
The Amaila Hydropower Project is expected to generate reliable, affordable and clean energy and is a fundamental component of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).
It is intended to, significantly, lower Guyana’s carbon footprint while reducing the country’s long term energy costs and exposure to the volatility of imported oil prices.
The venture involves the construction of a hydropower plant in the area of west-central Guyana, where the Amaila and Kuribrong Rivers meet and electricity produced there will be delivered in Georgetown and Linden by a transmission line.