As part of its tender process, Golden Veroleum has led a two-day tour of a team of senior civil, electrical and mechanical engineers to the company's proposed mill and bulking sites in Tarjuowon and at the Samuel Alfred Russ Port in Greenville, Sinoe County from four international engineering companies.
The engineering companies include, Sawipac Sdn Bhd, Modipalm Engineering Sdn. Bhd., Zhengzhou Qi E Grain & Oil Machine Co., Jiangsu Myande Food Machinery Co., Ltd, and ZhengZhou ShengYa Mechanical & Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd. During the visit, the engineers toured the proposed mill site in Tarjuowon near Bestnewlue.
According to Mr. Ramzi Quzwain, project manager, the first mill project visit to Liberia is expected at familiarizing the bidders with the environment relative available facilities, technical challenges, resources, transportation and logistical challenges.
The tour was followed by a two-day technical meeting aimed at allowing bidders to ask questions and get information regarding the project.
"The mill is designed to have a total of 80 tons of fresh fruit bunches per hour. Foundations will be laid down for two lines each of 40 tons per hour. For the first stage a 40 ton per hour line will be built. This will later be extended with another line for a total 80 tons per hour operating capacity," said Quzwain.
He said to make GVL's commitment to bringing employment, industry and prosperity to Liberia becomes a reality, all is well planned, saying "GVL will start the mill and bulking project this year and complete it within in two to three years' time."
With GVL operations in Tarjuowon, more than 2,000 jobs are expected to be available to skilled and unskilled local residents, with free schools and clinics, in addition to the indirect creation of a booming environment and a boost in the local economy.
GVL remains the largest private-sector employer in Sinoe and still maintains the goal of employing approximately 40,000 Liberians, when at full capacity and significantly reducing the levels of rural poverty in the Liberian southeast.