Delgado5 continues “The power weight ratio of the Amaila project is daunting, since the annual tariff paid by GPL for the capacity provided by the project increases as the capital cost increases with dam length and dam height/reserve size and installed turbine capacity. The contractor needs to be cautious, because the general idea of hydro dam installations is to locate a site where there is less demand for too big and costly civil works and an abundance of water.
Delgado 5 tells us that a hydro project at Tumatumari would be far more economical to build and operate with a much larger catchment [more than 680 sq kilometres] fed by more reliable sources of water and would therefore be more effective and can be built for less than the price of Amaila. And will disturb no Amerindian settlements.
We need the Brazilians! They want to build a hydroelectric project at Tortuba for Manaus and Guyana. if they were in partnership with us, the Venezuelans will have to crawl back into the woodwork from whence they came, since Brazil spends 31 billion on its military annually whilst Venezuela spends only 2.8 billion annually. If we built the road to Brazil, the deep water harbour and the hydropower in the Essequibo, Venezuela would not be able to say a word. Right now with this incompetent, ridiculous government, what do we have to defend us against Venezuela? The PPP has not only destroyed the sugar industry, the bauxite industry, the NIS, the agricultural industry, the police force, the national medical system [public hospital et al] and many of our social organisations, their foreign affairs incompetence may cause us to lose our territory to Venezuela or plunge us into a border war with that country. I have been speaking about the far reaching danger of this incompetence for over a decade, now it has come home to roost.