Opposition APNU restates its position on supporting the Amalia Falls Hydro project
If the Government wants to have the support of the main opposition parliamentary bloc, A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), then they have a heavy burden to discharge in getting its support as it relates to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Plant Project.
Williams said that the party is still awaiting additional information from the Government on the economic and environmental viability of the project.
Last week members of the opposition met with principals of Sithe Global and Blackstone Group; the main developers of the project where discussions focused on seeking buy-ins from key stakeholders.
APNU said some additional concerns include the increase in the project cost; the design of the Plant which is not finalized, and the final cost consumers will pay for electricity when the project comes on stream.
In adding his voice to the discussions, opposition shadow minister on Public Works Joe Harmon said that the Government is trying to tie some additional bills to the Hydro Power project.
Several key stakeholders have raised legitimate concerns regarding the conceptualization and executing of the project.
Working People’s Alliance member Professor Clive Thomas stated that while a hydropower project is important to Guyana’s national development, for a project of this magnitude, every aspect must be publicly scrutinized, since public funds are involved.