Now that the Linden to Lethem road project is materialising, multi-million dollar companies are looking to invest in the Upper Demerara-Berbice Region (Region 10), more so along the very route the road will be constructed. Tri-Country Inc. is mulling the investment of a US$3 million quarry project at Kushekabra Hill, Mabura, Region 10.
The site for this potential project is located on the left bank of the Demerara River, 20 km north east of Mabura, 75 km from Linden and 175 km from Georgetown.
Region 10 is known to possess natural aggregates used in the construction industry such as sand, laterite and loam. Currently there are no quarrying operation at the proposed location.
Quarrying is the process of removing rock, sand, gravel, or other minerals from the ground, to use them to produce materials for construction or other purposes.
According to a project summary, at Kushekabra Hill Mabura, there is potential for hard rock occurrences, which might become exploitable quarry material, which is very good. The general area, which stretches across 805 acres of land, is covered by young alluvium, fluviatile materials as well as saprolitic material. The observed outcropping, float rock and the topography are indications of the underlying hard rock, quarriable material.
“The region is part of the Trans-Amazonian Craton and the underlying rocks are collectively known as the Barama – Mazaruni Supergroup (BMS) and the quarry licence, more specifically, lies on the boundary between the younger intrusions within the Bartica – Gneiss Complex and metabasic super crustals of the BMS,” the company related.
Based on initial estimates, the output of this quarry is expected to be at least 4,000 tonnes per week of aggregate.
The company will be proposing for the project to be a public-private partnership. In his latest outreach to Linden, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, called on investors to propose projects to the government that will create jobs for residents.
With Region 10 having one of the lowest employment rates, regional officials are welcoming investors to set up shop in the region, which is deemed to be pro-investment. It is strategically located, can be easily accessed by air, land and water, has low energy rates, abundance in land and human resource.