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$185,113.58 already spent on controversial airport expansion project

Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering, during the Tenth Sitting of the Second Session of the Second House of Assembly on July 25, 2013, said government has already spent $185.1M on the controversial airport expansion project. Photo: VINO
While debating the No-Confidence Motion during the Tenth Sitting of the Second Session of the Second House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on July 26, 2013, Hon Kedrick D. Pickering said government has made the decision to move forward with the airport project. Photo: VINO/file
While debating the No-Confidence Motion during the Tenth Sitting of the Second Session of the Second House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on July 26, 2013, Hon Kedrick D. Pickering said government has made the decision to move forward with the airport project. Photo: VINO/file
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The National Democratic Party (NDP) has claimed it has already spent some 185,113.58 on the controversial airport expansion project at Beef Island. This amount was allegedly spent on a variety of technical studies and consultancy services.

It also noted that the piled runway component has exceeded the project budget ceiling.

This was read in a statement by Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering during the Tenth Sitting of the Second Session of the Second House of Assembly on July 25, 2013.

According to Dr Pickering, government is still contemplating decisions regarding the expansion of the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, a project that has seen them expending $185,113.58 to date.

The airport project is one of several that has attracted much debate as many persons continue to express the view that the project is either too costly, not being approached in a cost effective manner or too extensive when the economic status of the territory is taken into consideration.

Issues of them contemplating the project if it is to be realised, surrounded the results of the proposals that were submitted by three bidders and the overall higher than expected costs. “The piled runway component exceeded the project budget ceiling envisioned,” said the Deputy Premier. He also stated that there were ten areas that were in the budgeted range.

The five companies that were originally shortlisted for the airport project had been asked to bid specifically on the runway extension, according to Hon Pickering. He also said the design work for the runway extension is expected to be substantially completed by October, 2013. This would facilitate commencement of construction in the last quarter of 2013.

While debating the No-Confidence Motion during the Tenth Sitting of the Second Session of the Second House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on July 26, 2013, Hon Pickering said government has made the decision to move forward with the airport project. “I have done the best I could to bring information to this Honourable House in a timely manner. There is no information that I am aware of that is outstanding at this point in time that I haven’t brought to this Honourable House. I will continue to bring information to this Honourable House as it is made available and suitable for public consumption and certainly for this House to be aware of,” Hon. Pickering stated.

The Minister also made a commitment to ensure government upholds the Protocols for Effective Financial Management when it came to the airport project. “As a result Madam Speaker, every step of the way of this project, the United Kingdom government through …. Its government office is informed every step that we are taking,” he emphasised.

The Minister said government is taking every step to ensure that it remains above board with every step as it moves forward with the airport project. Also because of the unique design and fast tracked project approach planned, Hon. Pickering said that much of the works can be executed in parallel using a modular approach to save time so that once commenced the project works will be executed on a 24 hour basis using appropriately recognized ILO principles.

Mr Winston Wilson is the project manager for the airport project while Consular of Portugal has been engaged as the engineers for the project.

15 Responses to “$185,113.58 already spent on controversial airport expansion project”

  • wondering (31/07/2013, 08:43) Like (7) Dislike (42) Reply
    I am in awe. What was this kind of money spent on? How much is it going to take to finish this project? A Billion!!!!!!. Well I have a suggestion. The government should just wipe us out in one sweep, instead of this long painful drawn out punishment that they are inflicting on us. JUST THROW THE DIRT ON US, FOR WE ARE IN THE HOLE ALREADY.
  • shaw (31/07/2013, 09:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is a lot of money but I would rather have the information for any further plans. But this is the question. IF they are such an environmentally friendly Government, here is the test. The only other way to expand the airport is to either fill in the salt pond, impact long bay, create a situation where the access road can't get to the terminal, turning it into a St Marteen airport. There was ALWAYS a problem with airline approach, descending noise over East End, Scrub and Road Town. So if it comes to violating fisheries protected areas, how is the government going to comply?
    • broke again (31/07/2013, 15:18) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      hold up...how come they told us the vip left the country broke????NDP to lie
  • . (31/07/2013, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bad money...Now aint the time.
  • moneyfacts (31/07/2013, 09:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    It,s the 58 cents at the end of a very large sum that worries me!
    • Smiley face (31/07/2013, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wicked!!!!:)
      • question (31/07/2013, 23:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Could it be that the people of the BVI are feeling the wrath God exhibited towards the citizens after they voted for the NDP????
  • ooooo (31/07/2013, 10:23) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    only man smiling now is wilson
  • Interesting (31/07/2013, 10:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The same company that is doing the Ship pier was offering to do the air port project for 99Mil! that is alot less compared to the 377Mil that they are talking bout..... I dont see how all that monies have gone into the airport and we arent seeing no results!.... All they are doing is pocketing our little bit while all of them are living large with no problem!!!... I'M SICK OFF ALL THESE "POLITICIALS"!!!!!!
  • Tola Man (31/07/2013, 13:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its time for a Bi- Election. the whole NDP need to go! we cannot afford to give them another 3 yrs in office! hell no! i to will file a motion of No confident on the NDP government!
  • fox (31/07/2013, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    jump high jump low this is a done deal boss
    • one eye roster (31/07/2013, 22:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Fox, clearly you do not go to church and believe in prayer and clearly you do not have any understanding of the will of the people to remove a government.
  • Save a buck (01/08/2013, 18:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So here is a simple idea, and it's free. Contact the airlines, and say "If we had this airport TODAY, and you serviced this airport, what would the fare TODAY be? " the airlines could easily provide that information, and the fares would shock you. But since this isn't really being built for the airlines, but private jets, well, that's why this question hasn't been asked. BVI is being sold down the road to benefit a very select few. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE GANJA!!!!
  • wake up (02/08/2013, 18:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dr Dream On...got to sid down some time soon.


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