November 27, 2014

Contract for Albion lighting project to be signed shortly

Alfred King

Alfred King

…equipment for erection of towers and lights arrive

The evaluation process for the civil and electrical components for the installation of floodlights around the Albion Sports Complex, Corentyne has been completed, paving the way for the signing of the contract shortly.

This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Sport Ministry, Alfred King on Saturday.

“The ministry has completed the evaluation process for the civil and electrical component of the project and very shortly we will be signing a contract for those works to begin,” King said.

King also informed that that the equipment needed for the erection of the towers and lights have arrived in Guyana, saying “I saw the bill of landing on Friday, so the equipment necessary for the erection of the towers and lights are here.”

United States of America-based Musco Lighting Company signed a US $235,000 contract with the Guyana government on March 5 to install the floodlights. The company will erect six 33-metre high towers at the arena.

However, it is yet to be decided whether the lights will be powered by independent generators or will be linked to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) grid.

The Albion Sports Complex was the venue for the first ever One-Day International cricket match in the West Indies on the March 16, 1977, between West Indies and Pakistan. The match was won by the West Indies by four wickets.

The venue was one of the premiere cricketing venues in Guyana, along with Bourda. It has hosted a number of One-Day International games so far but it has been more than two decades since an international game was played there.

The venue also has a 300m athletics track and hosts a number of other sporting activities. The facility can accommodate 5000 spectators. (Rajiv Bisnauth)

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