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April 3, 2014
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Chec to begin studies on Bog Walk Gorge

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Americas - Division signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Jamaica in order to study the feasibility of damming the Bog Walk gorge in St Catherine.

The signing took place on March 28 at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies, Robert Pickersgill, minister of water, land, environment and climate change; and Phillip Paulwell, minister of science, technology, energy and mining; were among the dignitaries present at the signing ceremony.

The flow of the mighty Rio Cobre cut a deep channel into the surrounding limestone rocks, which later formed the Bog Walk gorge - home to one of the most scenic and fertile watershed forests in the island.

proposed feasibility studies

If the proposed feasibility studies of damming the gorge prove positive, the newly built dam will have the capacity to store up to 1,900 million gallons while supplying 80 million gallons to the public per day. This new development would more than double the 800 million gallons stored by the Mona Dam, currently the largest water facility in the country.

Zhongdong Tang, regional director of CHEC Americas - Division, spoke positively about the upcoming feasibility studies. "The damming of the gorge will service thousands of Jamaicans with life's most essential commodity - water. We look forward to completing our studies on this exciting new initiative," said Tang.

Davies remarked that this development could significantly alleviate concerns regarding the water supply for the Kingston Metropolitan Region.

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