US $7.5 Million for Dennery Waterfront Protection Project
When Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D.
Anthony visited the village following Tropical Storm Lily, he promised to seek
international assistance to save the beach front and adjoining properties from
eventual destruction by the sea.
This week the Prime Minister, who is
also Minister of Finance, announced the Government had secured a loan for US
$3.7 million from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
and a credit of S$3.8 million from the International Development Association
(IDA), both of which will go towards the cost of the Second St. Lucia Disaster
The PM said the Government decided
that part of the amount will go towards Coastal and Flood Protection Works in
the village, which has over the years become increasingly threatened by heavy
waves and resultant floods from hurricanes and tropical storms.
“Life in the village gets tough when
the seas get rough,” said the Prime Minister.
He noted that the village’s
waterfront area “is particularly vulnerable to storm surges and damage by wave
action and high seas, as evidenced from as far aback as Hurricane Allen in 1980,
Tropical Storm Debbie in 1994, Tropical Storm Lily in 2002 and Tropical Storm
Ivan in 2004.”
“These storms,” Dr Anthony added,
“have all resulted in significant beach erosion and have also threatened life
According to the PM, the Government
plans to undertake a project in two phases.
Phase One will provide frontline
protection to residents and infrastructure between the waterfront and High
Street by constructing a buried revetment. The revetment will be 415 metres
long, starting from the Dennery River in the South and going as far north as
approximately opposite St. Peter’s Church.
Phase Two will involve the
construction of three offshore breakwaters – two each at 50 metres long and a
third 60 metres long – going from south to north, to be sited in two to three
metres depth, each with a crest elevation of +1.5 metres.
Phase Two will also involve
construction of an armoured berm at the north end of the bay and immediately
north of the Daito; filling behind the berm to create a landfill area at the
elevation of +1.5 metres with a volume of landfill estimated at 3.600 square
The second phase will also involve
construction of a revetment along the north boundary of the village for a linear
distance of 50 metres.
According to officials attached to
the Project Coordination Unit, sand clearing and placement will be an ongoing
component of the works to be implemented during both phases. This entails
clearing of the north of the Dennery River and the placement of that sand on the
beach front of the revetment, in the south central part of the beach.
The construction period for the works
planned for Phase One is estimated by the Unit to take 24 weeks, while that for
Phase Two is estimated to be 30 weeks. However, both phases will be treated as a
The Project Coordination Unit of the
Second Disaster Mitigation Project is now inviting sealed bids from eligible
contractors for the procurement of works for the Coastal and Flood Protection of
the Dennery Village and bidding will be conducted according to World Bank
Complete sets of bidding documents
may be purchased by interested bidders from January 10, 2005 from the Project
Coordinator at the Ministry of Physical development, Environment and Housing and
sealed bids must be delivered to the Secretary of the Central Tenders Board at
the Ministry of Finance by noon on March 15, 2005.
Late bids will be rejected and sealed
bids will be opened in the presence of bidders or their representatives on March
Meanwhile, a site visit will be
undertaken on February 17 at 10:00am, during which bidders and other interested
persons and agencies will be given the full details of what is to be done.
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