Above: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne examines the renderings (CJ Photo)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Antigua could soon be home to a $2.3 billion port project.
The Kylin International Group has presented its proposal to spend more than $2.3 billion on a series of port project in the country.
The proposal would including relocating the St John’s cargo port, extending the wharf at Deepwater Harbour, developing three new finger piers, dredging the Harbour channel and turning the bstin to 60 feet in order to accommodate the largest cruise vessels currently sailing.
Kylin, working in conjunction with Power China, is proposing to complete the dredging works at Rat Island, move the Cargo Port to Crabbs Peninsula, extend the wharf at Rat Island westwards by several hundred feet, developing the inner harbour with shops, two hotels, a marina and a boardwalk.
Folllowing a meeting with Antigua’s Cabinet, Kylin said it would be ready in a month to begin the project to make it ready for the 2014 tourism season that begins in November.
“The dredging to 60 feet and other engineering works would begin at the end of the Tourism season in April 2015, or thereabouts,” the government said in a statement.
Kylin presented drawings and renderings in conjunction with the Friedmutter Group.
Kylin has also been looking to embark on a multi-billion-dollar project on the island of Grand Bahama.