Barbados New Sugar Factory – $140 Million Contract To Government Friends, No Tender?

A Barbados Free Press reader sends us this – which might be pure rumour or not…

"Reliable sources confirm that they have been advised that there is no intention of advertising for tenders for the construction of a $140,000,000 (sugar – ethanol) factory at Bulkley as Dr. Lionel Nurse (past Chief Town Planner) and Mr. Glyne Bannister (also involved in the contract for the construction of the new prison) have advised that they have already been awarded the contract."

Take it or leave it. Any comments from the cheap seats? (Or is that "Cheapside Seats"?)


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14 responses to “Barbados New Sugar Factory – $140 Million Contract To Government Friends, No Tender?

  1. Jane

    Who is Glyne Bannister?

    Is this the same Dr. Lionel Nurse?
    Dr. Lionel Nurse, Permanent Secretary
    Ministry of Housing, Lands, & the Environment
    Sir Frank Walcott Building
    Culloden Road
    St. Michael, Barbados
    Tel: (246) 467-5700 / (246) 431-7680
    Fax: (246) 437-8859

  2. John

    The prison is due to be finished by year end.

    A price tag of $150 million is being put on this project by the AG. Always heard it from someone who heard it from someone else that it would cost $100 million.

    Rumour is useless. What were the actual tendered sums?

  3. titilayo

    To Barbados Free Press and Jane: those e-mail addresses do not belong to the Lionel Nurse mentioned in the article, nor to the Lionel Nurse mentioned in Jane’s comment (I don’t know if they are the same person). From the addresses they look like business e-mail addresses (and one looks like a personal e-mail address) of persons working in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and the Environment. I think it would be decent of the BFP folk to remove them from the site — I assume that they can be found on the internet via Google and that that’s how Jane found them, but there’s really no reason why they should be posted here in association with this story (particularly since it is at this time an unsubstantiated rumour).

  4. Jane

    The e-mail addresses seem very official check
    I hope someone will refute the story if it is not true or provide more information if it is.
    I think that BFP website is great and something Barbados has needed for a long time.

  5. titilayo

    Jane, you posted five e-mail addresses (and I already did a Google search to figure out where you got them from). My point is that I don’t think any of them are the e-mail address of Lionel Nurse, the Permanent Secretary. In fact I’m certain that they aren’t; they are the e-mail addresses of *other* people who work in the Ministry where he works as Permanent Secretary or they are the e-mail addresses of the office itself. I am not debating that most of them are official e-mail addresses (the yahoo address clearly is not official), but they are not Lionel Nurse’s e-mail addresses. So why should staff of the Ministry of Housing, Lands and the Environment have their e-mail addresses posted on a website in comments to a story that has nothing to do with them? Even if those were Permanent Secretary Nurse’s addresses (1) the story is still at this time just a rumour and (2) we don’t know if Permanent Secretary Nurse and the Dr. Lionel Nurse in the story are the same person, so I think it’s a bit fast (fast in the Bajan sense of yuh too fas’, not fast as in quick) to be posting his address on this site. But that’s just me. *shrugs*

  6. BFP

    Hello all

    Good to see some discussion and research going on – with people questioning not only the veracity of the unconfirmed rumour, but also the morality of how stories are presented, and what information should be posted for all to see.

    A pity that such open discussion and research never seems to take place in the old media in Barbados. The Nation, The Barbados Advocate, VOB Radio and a host of other old media have never really dared to ask tough questions or do the background research on the financial manipulations of our elected elites.

    Has any Barbados reporter ever camped out at a business to see if a certain government minister might have an undeclared share in a construction company? Any Barbados reporter ever tracked down the homes of the government ministers and then done estimated net-worth statements at the time of election and then five years later?

    When we started the Barbados Free Press, we intended that it should become a repository of information of all kinds – and to this end we made the website to be free-form searchable. (ie: Type in the name of a person or anything else in our search box and you will be presented with a list of all stories containing that information).

    In that spirit, we will leave the email addresses in the comments as they might related to something else or fit into the puzzle later on. The people of Barbados are intelligent enough to examine the all the facts for themselves and make their own determinations.

    Sooner or later, both the Bajan elites and the old Bajan media will realize that they can no longer hide from accountability.

    The Barbados Free Press is as much a research tool as it is a source of news or entertainment.

    Now… back to work. It is Friday and we want to close up early today and head to the beach!

  7. Anthony

    What I would like to know is how does the government plan on battling the ethanol conversion system.It seems to me that a fabulous new idea jumps into there heads on a monday morning and they decide to push for it.What they forgot to tell you was that you cant go and put ethanol into your AE110 Corolla fuel tank for the simple reason that ethanol is a corrosive fuel and it will eat the rubber fuel lines if a 100% mix is used.I am sure I could find better areas to spend $140,000,000 of “my” money.It is just fustrating that the whole world is looking @ alternative fuel sources to run on Diesel engines and such and we are following Brazil even though we dont have vehicle producing plants in Barbados.
    sorry for the rant but this ethanol plant is total bs and will not solve anything.

  8. Jane

    US$. You are getting the picture.

  9. Anthony

    you sure the figure is $140MUS and not BDs?Whatever the case that makes the picture look alot worst now doesnt it?

  10. Ross

    It is US$150 million!!

    Sugar refinery establishment
    Web Posted – Sun Apr 02 2006
    On the British Broadcasting Corporations (BBC) Caribbean Report of February 23, 2006, it was reported that, Trinidad and Guyana had agreed to the establishment, of a sugar refinery in Guyana capable of refining 120 000 tons of sugar annually. The refinery is due to come on stream in 2008 and augments the current refinery in Trinidad, which has a capacity of 60 000 tons. Additionally, Jamaica is also seeking to establish a refinery with the ultimate aim of exporting sugar to Caricom States. Recently, the Prime Minister of Barbados outlined plans for the establishment of a new sugar factory (costing US$150 million ) which, among others things, will manufacture ethanol for use in vehicles, special sugars, refined sugar, as well as co-generate electricity fr om the burning of fibre canes.
    In light of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), member states, theoretically, should concentrate on producing/marketing commodities where they have a comparative advantage. This obviously is not the case with Caricom; each member state is slavishly duplicating products others are producing. One, therefore, must wonder how viable will be the refining aspect of the new factory as outlined by the Prime Minister. Unless a custom-built refinery is used and even th en, the locally refined sugar is going to be very expensive. This is despite the fact that, there is going to be extra molasses obtained from refining process. Similarly, in the case of special sugars, there is duplication among Caricom States. In any event, it is to be expected that other sugar producing countries outside the Caricom area, will also produce special sugars. Special sugars in the Caricom context, refers to the ordinary sugar being placed in plastic or paper bags appropriately designed. In other words, there is really nothing special about them. Since most countries are marketing the same product, special sugars will not bring the premium prices touted locally. Sucromalt produced in the US, made from the natural sugars, sucrose and maltose, has a low glycemic index and is about 70 times as sweet as sugar. Sucromalt is a special sugar.

    The new factory will manufacture ethanol. Ethanol will also be imported from Brazil (which produces it very cheaply) and will be further dehydrated in Tri nidad. One must ask, therefore, what is the purpose of producing ethanol locally where cost of production is high? This cost will increase if cane juice is used to produce ethanol. Indeed, it has been demonstrated, that the production of ethanol from cell ulose sources (bagasse, straw or fibre cane) is more efficient than the production from corn or sugar cane (Weekly Guardian, February 7, 2006, Page 6) and yields ten per cent more energy than it utilises. The strains of bacteria or yeast will have to be i mproved to ensure high yield of alcohol. I have not heard any talk about this aspect of the whole exercise. As I have pointed out in the past, in the manufacture of ethanol, tolerance to high concentrations of alcohol by micro-organisms is the limiting factor in predicting whether or not a process will be economically feasible where production cost are very high. What are the steps being taken to select improved strains of micro-organisms? Will selective pressure or genetic modification be used? Will the factory produce alcohol in enough quantities to supply the local rum manufacturers? Since it is desirable to reduce the imports of oil, why have attempts not been made to ensure that all new houses use solar energy as a means of generating electricity? Older houses can be retrofitted. This is done in the outback regions of Australia. If one is really serious about reducing the use of oil and limiting the green house effect, the widespread use of solar energy is a must. Co-generation of fibre cane and the use of alcohol in vehicles all produce carbon dioxide.

    It has also been touted that the new factory will develop new products. Given the fact that, a lot of land has been taken out of agriculture and that bagasse is to be used to generate power, where is the raw material going to come from? Are the new products going to be produced in quantities, which make the processes viable? Considering that, Brazil, India, Australia and the US, have done intensive and extensive research on cane products, getting patents is going to be difficult. No one is asking these questions.

    Robert D. Lucas, Ph.D.

  11. rthnhgtn

    bla bla blka bla bnla bla bla who cares!!!!!1111

  12. Adrian Loveridge


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    St. James
    Tel (246) 419 5575

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