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Study set for damming of Bog Walk Gorge

Sunday, March 30, 2014    

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THE Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Engineering Company (CHEC), for a feasibility study for the damming of the Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine.

The dam would be able to store up to 1,900 million gallons, and supply 80 million gallons per day. The Mona Dam, which is the country's largest water facility, stores 800 million gallons.

"This one could significantly adjust our annual concerns about water for the Kingston Metropolitan Region. Assuming that the technical analysis goes well, it will certainly put away that problem for the foreseeable future," said Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies at the signing ceremony, held on Friday at the ministry, in St Andrew.

The minister said that once the study indicates that the concept can work, it will move to the implementation stage, as it is an opportunity to develop three key areas -- "water for human consumption, water for irrigation purposes, and expansion of our capabilities in renewable energy".

"We will be observing all the relevant laws and regulations. We are open for business, so I welcome any other entity which has a project idea, to come forward," the minister said.

Dr Davies noted that CHEC must be commended for its investments in the economy, particularly in the infrastructure.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill; Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell; and officials of CHEC and the Government of China participated in the signing.

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