St. Vincent gets offer of free asphalt for airport - News

Gonsalves told parliament he had received a telephone call last week from Kuarlal Rampersad, chairman of the board of directors of Lake Asphalt of Trinidad and Tobago (1978) Ltd, who was willing to provide asphalt to the Argyle International Airport project free of cost for the paving of the airstrip.

"On Tuesday, Mr Speaker, I received a phone call from Mr Kuarlal Rampersad of Lake Asphalt of Trinidad and Tobago (1978) Ltd. It is a State-owned company in Trinidad, they control the pitch lake and the whole apparatus there. ...

"He called me to tell me that as chairman of the board he is indicating that he is supportive of providing asphalt for us free of cost for the airstrip and has asked me to seek the approval of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar."

Gonsalves told legislators that "on the very same day I sent off a letter to my dear friend, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago requesting it (asphalt) either as a grant or at concessionary rates because of how things are all around.

"I think this is an important breakthrough between two Caricom (Caribbean Community) countries which have a very long-standing relationship," he said, adding that he is satisfied that the island was on "track for an international airport".

The airport is being developed by the International Airport Development Company (IADC), a private limited liability company, wholly-owned by the government.

The Argyle International Airport will sit on roughly 275 acres of land, with a paved runway 9,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, and is designed to accommodate jets as large as Boeing 747-400s.

The project which began in 2008 is expected to be complete by 2013.



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