Tag Archives: Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT)

GUYANA: Construction of Amaila Falls Hydropower power project hits snag

Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Plant

Posted by: Denis Chabrol in DEMERARA WAVES -Monday, 30 May 2022

Six months after China Railway was identified as the preferred bidder to open negotiations for the construction of the US$700 million Amaila Falls Hydropower project, that company has told the Guyana government it could not afford a Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) model, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo said Monday.

“The negotiations are very difficult and as of April 22nd, they wrote us saying that they are having a hard time doing the boot contract and they want to shift to an EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) plus finance; that the government finances the project and then they would be the EPC contractor,” he told a news conference.      Continue reading

GUYANA: BOOT illusions and Amaila Falls Hydro-Electric Project – By Dr. Tarron Khemraj

The build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) financial arrangement has been used around the world to fund important infrastructure in partnership between government and private investors. In this financing model, the private investor upfronts the initial investment cost and expects to be repaid over some time period. The investor has an expected rate of return before underwriting the project.

Guyana’s government – particularly the pre-2015 and post-2020 PPP/C – has sold this financial arrangement as one where the government undertakes no risk or financial obligation. The public is often told that the government is not upfronting any money; as a result, the builder-owner-operator bears the financial burden and risks. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Govt. looking for investor to help revive contentious Amaila Falls Hydro project

Amaila Falls Hydro Dam

Jul 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News – The Office of the Prime Minister has published a request for proposals for the Amaila Falls hydro project on Friday, as the government looks to revive the project which has not gotten off the ground for more than a decade since it was first proposed, due to issues of feasibility and a lack of transparency.

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) had intended years ago, to have the China Railways First Group (CRFG) develop the project, with money coming from Norway, China and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). But a Norwegian ethics council had raised questions about the involvement of the Chinese company in a significant corruption case.        Continue reading

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