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Sammy wrote the letter days after
NQ had publicly invited two tenders
to provide services for crushing and
screening equipment at Scott s Quar-
ry.On August 19, Ramkhelawan
replied to Sammy indicating that he
had received the letter. In that letter
he also stated that two tenders were
published for anyone interested in
providing services for crushing and
screening equipment at Scott s Quar-
"Two tenders were published, one
for the supply, delivery, installation
and commissioning of one primary
screening and crushing unit and
other for one rotary scrubber unit,"
Ramkhelawan s letter stated that
the first tender was advertised on
June 23, with two extensions---the
first being July 25, the second on
The tenders closed on August 16.
Additionally, Ramkhelawan stated
that an advertisement was placed
in the daily newspaper on August 7,
2013 for the "rental of
crushing/screening equipment and
you may submit the equipment that
you have available as per instructions
on the company s Web site."
Ramkhelawan also thanked
Sammy for his interest in Scott s
Sammy has been the recipient of
millions of dollars in contracts under
the People s National Movement,
the United National Congress and
the People s Partnership.
• Sammy s Multilift Services Ltd,
a subsidiary of Junior Sammy Con-
tractors was paid $6.8 million for
retrieving a $2.7 million water tender
after it ran over a cliff in Blan-
chisseuse in June 2013.
• Junior Sammy Contractors was
awarded a $162 million contract for
the completion of renovation works
at Crown Point International Airport,
Tobago, in 2010.
Battle for control
With Sunway now out of the pic-
ture, an NQ source said, battle for
control of the state-owned quarry
But two government ministers
have been in a tussle as to who
should get operatorship.
Each minister has his own choice
as to who should rule the roost at
NQ---one favours former chairman
of the Sangre Grande Regional Cor-
poration Keshwar Maharaj, while the
other minister has selected a senior
Situated on 160 acres of mountain,
Scott s Quarry has reserves in excess
of $1 billion.
"The reserves can last the next
40 years," a NQ source said.
The operatorship of the quarry
could be worth in excess of $125 mil-
lion a year.
"That is like operating a gold mine.
Whoever lands operatorship of this
quarry will rake in millions of dollars.
That s why the quarry is highly
sought after. It would be lucrative
and highly valued."
The source said from now until
the 2015 general election, as con-
struction and highway projects
intensify, millions of tons of aggregate
will be in demand.
One project that requires approx-
imately 1.4 million tons of aggregate
is the $7.2 billion San Fernando to
Point Fortin Highway, which is under
Other projects involve the $100
million Valencia bypass and road
In 2014 at the Kay Donna Cinema,
an overpass will be constructed at
the intersection of the Churchill-
Roosevelt Highway and Southern
Main Road, while an overpass
between the Lady Young Road and
the Priority Bus Route is said to be
in its early stage of evaluation.
NQ pushes for crushing plant
A March 14, 2013, letter sent to
Ramnarine by Ramkhelawan showed
the estimated limestone reserves at
Scott s Quarry was 50,290,219.50
Limestone is used as aggregate in
the construction sector.
This estimation was based on the
Financial Analysis and Strategic
Direction 2010 to 2013.
The 50,209,219.50 cubic yards,
when converted, amounts to approx-
imately 52 million tons of reserves.
NQ also operates Turure Quarry
in Sangre Grande, which has four
plants on 2,500 acres of flat land.
The letter with the subheading:
"Re: Current status and future oper-
ation plans for Scott s Quarry---Ver-
dant Vale Blanchisseuse" stated due
to the experience the company had
in contracting out the operations of
the quarry, which always resulted
NQ in an disadvantageous situation,
Ramkhelawan asked that the min-
istry facilitate a $25 million bank
guarantee to purchase its own crush-
Crushing plants are specialised
pieces of equipment that can take
up to ten months to procure, install
The equipment NQ required were
a geo crusher and impact crusher.
"This loan will allow NQ to realise
profits exceeding $45 million in the
first year. It would also eliminate
concerns of under supply versus
market demand over the next five
years," Ramkhelawan explained in
The plant would have given NQ
25 years of service.
With work going full speed ahead
with the $7.2 billion San Fernando
to Point Fortin highway,
Ramkhelawan stated in his letter
that the plant should be deemed
A NQ source, who did not want
to be named, said the plant would
have also allowed a smooth transition
after Sunway s contract ended,
allowing NQ to take over its own
operations. "However the Govern-
ment failed to act," the source added.
The source said since January NQ
had been making appeals to the Gov-
ernment to buy the plant.
On November 1, 2013, the Ministry
of Energy s acting permanent sec-
retary wrote Wilma Owen, acting
CEO of NQ seeking an update on
the current status of Scott s Quar-
"In this regard, kindly indicate
what contractual or other arrange-
ments have been put or are in place
for the future operations of this quar-
ry upon the expiration of the contract
The letter advised that the urgency
of the matter required a response
on or before November 4, 2013.
Questions e-mailed to Ramnarine
on Wednesday about NQ were not
Messages left at Lalla, Sammy and
Gopaul s offices on Wednesday were
also not returned. Calls to Sammy s
office yesterday went unanswered.
Riley: He was trying to get
Chairman of Private Sector/Civil
Society Group Winston Riley said,
"I supposed he (Sammy) was trying
to get preferential treatment."
The group comprises members of
the Joint Consultative Council, con-
tractors, architects and engineers
that specifically deals with procure-
"The question is, nothing is wrong
in trying to get preferential treat-
ment, it is if National Quarries gives
them preferential treatment when
it is not correct."
Riley said no company should
expect preferential treatment in the
award of a contract/s.
"But the responsibility is on the
procurement agency, that is, National
Quarries whether they are going to
do that. They should go out to see
if they get the best operator."
Riley said the onus was on NQ to
ensure that they do things above
board and in a transparent man-
If anyone is allowed to operate
Scott s Quarry without the proper
procurement, Riley said, the matter
can raise questions.
The Integrity Commission will be investigating
some 25 projects started by United National Con-
gress (UNC) candidate for the St Joseph constituen-
cy, Ian Alleyne. People s National Movement s chair-
man Franklin Khan confirmed that after it sent a
letter requesting an investigation into Alleyne s
projects, they received a letter last Monday con-
"The letter says it will be forwarded to the com-
missioners," Khan said.
Speaking to the media after the PNM general
council at Balisier House, Woodbrook, yesterday
Khan also said since January the party has signed
on 2,500 new members.
He said the PNM s screening and acceptance
process took two to three months and was more
"robust" than other parties.
"We do background checks and have even rejected
applicants, it s not like we take everyone who wants
to join," he said.
The party was expected to formally announce a
new senator to replace elected Member of Parliament
for St Joseph, Terrence Deyalsingh.
"We will make a formal announcement within a
week s time," Khan said.
IC to probe Allen's
St Joseph projects
Moonilal Lalchan, left, president T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC), with Rishi Sooknarine, who received a Hall of Fame
Induction Award for his late father Harry Sooknarine, businessman Victor Mouttet, Hall of Fame inductee, and Carl Mack, who accepted
the posthumous award on behalf of father Carlton K Mack. Also in photo are Catherine Kumar, CEO, TTCIC, Trade Minister Vasant
Bharath, Brendon Paddick, CEO, Columbus International Inc, and Brian Collins, managing director, southern Caribbean, Columbus
Communications Trinidad Ltd.
Occasion was the Chamber's 9th annual Business Hall of Fame and Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner held at the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad on Dock Road in Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
HALL OF FAMERS
Battle for NQ's 'gold mine'
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