4.2M tonnes in construction aggregates produced in 1st half of 2023 – Guyana Times
Amid a steadily growing demand for construction aggregates as Guyana is in the midst of a construction boom, over 4.2 million tonnes in construction aggregates (sand and stone) were declared in the 2023 first half.
“The increase in declaration was driven by increased demand due to construction activities by both the private and public sector. Manganese production decreased by 21.9 percent to 138,640 tonnes, from 177,513 tonnes, one year earlier,” the Bank of Guyana stated.
This was according to Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo while addressing a gathering at the launch of the part-time jobs in Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) late last year, where he shared that apart from the public sector’s demand, the private sector will also require significant aggregate resources.
“With the new quarries coming on stream, we’ll probably be able to produce 10 percent of that, about 600,000 tonnes. We need 10 times more quarry products that we can produce…We may have to explore bringing in stone from Canada or some other part of the world if we want to keep the building programme going for the Government sector,” he had further shared.
The money will be used for development in new and existing areas, including the construction of roads, drains, and bridges and the installation of utilities to meet housing demands. Areas will include Mabaruma, Oronoque, Buxton/St Joseph, Stewartville, Wakenaam, Block A & B Hope, Success, Balthyock, and No 75 Village. The Government will also undertake infrastructural works in regularised areas, such as Charity, Tuschen, Chateau Margot, Block SS Sophia, Belvedere, and Amelia’s Ward.
Some $25 billion for road works is for construction and rehabilitation of community roads; $1.5 billion for rehabilitation of hinterland roads and $1 billion for urban road works. Construction of the Wismar Bridge warranted a sum of $2.1 billion, while $600 million has been earmarked to address emerging threats along the sea and river defence network.
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