– invites expressions of interest for consultancy As part of its Sustainable Energy Programme, Government is looking to rehabilitate the Moco Moco Hydro Plant. Accordingly, it is inviting expressions of interests (EoI) from both local and overseas firms for consultancy services.An advertisement placed by Project Coordinator of the Hinterland Electrification Company Inc, Horace Williams, in today’s edition of the Guyana Times details that Government is looking to have geotechnical investigation of the Moco Moco Hydro Plant site done, and this will inform the designs for the rehabilitation of the plant, to reduce the likelihood of landslides and the associated risk of damage to the plant.A landslide damaged this penstock in 2003, causing a cessation of operations at the Moco-Moco Hydropower StationThis project would in part be funded by finances received from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)’s Global Environment Facility (GEF). Williams outlined that the main objective of the consultancy is to carry out the necessary site investigations to obtain the required geological and topographical information in order to facilitate rehabilitation design of the Moco-Moco Hydropower Plant, particularly as it relates to the penstock alignment which was destroyed by a mass soil landslide in 2003.The services will include geological survey and engineering, geological mapping, topographic mapping, geophysical surveys, and excavation of test pits. In order to be considered for shortlisting, interested consultancy firms from the Bank’s member countries that have the relevant resources, qualifications and experience are required to submit their Expressions of Interest. This document should carry no more than 15 pages, and must include: legal name of the consulting firm; name of legal representative of the firm; address; telephone numbers and fax; email address of contact person and website; information about the consulting firm as an entity and its principal areas of expertise and activities; description of general experience relevant to the assignment undertaken by the firm within the last ten years.Applicants are also required to submit a description of the activities and the level of responsibility held by the company in each of its previous projects (technical, supervisory or administrative).Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the IDB’s Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the policies.The Moco-Moco Hydropower Station was developed as a run-of-the-river project in the mid- 1990s. The penstock was damaged by a landslide in July 2003, resulting in a cessation of operations. The Lethem Power Company has since been providing power by way of Diesel generators.The Government of Guyana desires to have the plant rehabilitated and put back into operation. In this regard, consultancy services are being sought to provide a detailed geotechnical investigation of the site prior to the development of the Moco Moco Rehabilitation Project.This project falls under the Sustainable Energy Programme of which the general objective is to improve institutional capacities of the Public Utility and Ministry of Public Infrastructure through the training of said institutions’ staff and promotion of the use of nonconventional Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) in the urban areas and the Hinterlands, with the aim to: implement sustainable business models for operation and maintenance (O&M) of Renewable Energy (RE) projects; increase quality energy access in Guyana; reduce the long-term operational costs of on-grid and off-grid electricity service; and contribute to sector sustainability and reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions.The programme has three components: strengthening of the policy and institutional framework to implement RETs in Guyana; strengthening of the public utility’s capabilities to improve electricity supply and promote the use of RETs; and contribute to sector sustainability with the implementation of cost-effective RETs for on-grid and off-grid electricity generation.
The highly successful relationship between the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, M.S (RHTY&SC, M.S) and Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), through its international soft drink brand Pepsi, has been renewed for the 14th consecutive year.On Friday last, the company renewed its cricket sponsorship of the RHTY&SC, M.S Under-19 and Intermediate cricket teams. Pepsi has been sponsoring the teams since 2004 when they replaced former official sponsor Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.DDL Marketing Manager Larry Wills (right) and RHTY&SC Assistant Organising Secretary Ravindranauth Kissoonlall finalise the partnershipSecretary/CEO Hilbert Foster hailed the long-standing relationship between the club and the official sponsor. He stated that DDL and Pepsi are two of the main reasons why the RHTY&SC, M.S is widely considered Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation with an unmatched list of activities and achievements.The club, Foster stated, has won the Guyana Cricket Club-of-the-Year Award five times since DDL and Pepsi came on board- 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2016. The teams have also won Berbice Championships and have produced Berbice and Guyana junior cricketers, while Shemaine Campbelle and Assad Fudadin have gone on to represent the West Indies.Since 2004, the Pepsi Under-19 team has produced players of the calibre of Assad Fudadin, Abdel Fudadin, Shemaine Campbelle, Akshay Homraj, Clinton Pestano, Dominic Rikhi, Loydel Lewis, Kevlon Anderson, Kevin Sinclair, Brandon Prashad, Naresh Mahadeo, Keith Simpson, Sylus Tyndall, Parmanand Narine, Shailendra Shameer, Brandon Corlette, Marian Samaroo, Sheneta Grimmond, Plaffina Millington and Deborah Vanderstoop among others who have either played for Berbice or Guyana.The team also won the lone Intermediate tournament for Berbice team when they lifted the Neal and Massy title in 2010.Foster also disclosed that under the name of the sponsorship, the Pepsi teams have undertaken hundreds of personal development projects under the sub-headings of sports, culture, charity, pro-education, awards/honour, religious, youth development, job creation, social community development among others.Kevin Sinclair would be in charge of the Under-19 team with Kevlon Anderson as his deputy, while Major James Fraser and Delbert Hicks would be in charge of the Intermediate team.Among the players of the Pepsi teams would be Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Shemaine Campbelle, Sylus Tyndall, Keith Simpson, Brandon Corlette, Mark Papannah, Troy Mathieson, Brandon Prashad, Erva Giddings and Chanderpaul Govindan.Marketing Manager of DDL, Larry Wills, hailed the relationship between the two organisations as successful and noted that the teams have represented the Pepsi brand with pride and success on and off the cricket field.DDL, he stated, invests heavily in sports, culture, education and youth development as part of its corporate duties and is proud to be associated with the RHTY&SC, M.S. The sponsorship for 2017 is worth $240,000.
Shinji Okazaki’s wonderful overhead kick pushed Leicester five points clear of the top of the Premier League and condemned Rafa Benitez to a defeat in his first Newcastle game as manager.Okazaki gave the Foxes the lead after 25 minutes as another ‘Vardyquake’ erupted at the King Power Stadium.Leicester then shut up shop as the game progressed with N’Golo Kante playing a starring role.The win puts Claudio Ranieri’s side five points clear of Tottenham and 11 clear of Arsenal while Benitez will have his work cut out to claw Newcastle out of the relegation zone.Newcastle made a bright start to life under Benitez, with Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback both having early efforts on the Leicester goal.However, the Foxes quickly woke up with Jamie Vardy running dangerously and Riyad Mahrez’s lively shot being well blocked.And it was Leicester who made the most of their bright spells when Vardy did brilliantly to beat Colback in the air before Okazaki acrobatically bicycle-kicked the Foxes ahead.Minutes later the league leaders almost doubled their lead as Marc Albrighton ran at a retreating Steven Taylor before firing his shot inches wide of the target.Perez had another effort before the break but Kasper Schmeichel was equal to it to keep the home side ahead at half time.Kante was arguably Leicester’s best player on the night as he frustrated the Magpies by snuffing out every attack they tried to muster.Moussa Sissoko had a great chance to equalise but made the wrong choice when he chose to cut the ball back to nobody rather than take a shot on himself.Benitez will be buoyed with the improvement in possession Newcastle made as the game wore on but they were unable to create anything clear-cut as Leicester held on to go five points clear with eight games remaining.Newcastle meanwhile are still one point off safety with Sunderland having a game in hand ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby this weekend. 1 Okazaki scored a wonderful overhead kick