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April 7, 2014
Star Sport


Sabina lights deadline workable

Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer

Cecil Foster, managing director of FosRich Group of Companies, the firm that has been contracted to install floodlights at Sabina Park over the next three months, believes the time frame is "workable."

The installation, which got under way over the weekend following the handing over of a US$2.1 million grant from the government of India to the people of Jamaica last week, is slated to completed by the end of June.

This is in time for the Jamaican leg of the second annual Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, which bowls off on July 5, and is set to end by mid-August.

"I think it is something that we can work with, and once we have the full support of the UDC, and the other ministries it is something we can deliver within the timeline," said Foster.

"Our expertise is pretty wide as locally we have some of the best structural engineers in this kind of design.

"Meanwhile, internationally, we are partners with Phillips International, which is a Dutch company, which has its footprints all over the world.

He further added: "In the last 20 years they have done lighting systems for more than 80 per cent of the international stadiums in the world."

Source lighting materials

Foster, whose company is the contractor for the project, which is being managed by the Urban Development Corporation, also explained how the company intends to source lighting materials for the venture.

"It could come from various places. Phillips has manufacturing arms in several countries, including India," he pointed out.

"And, based on the relationship with this project and India, we have looked at pulling some of the stuff from India.

"What is also important here, however, is timing, whereby if time allows we will look to pull it from India and so on."

The project, which according to Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Sports, Natalie Neita Headley, will see workers working "day and night", is being supplemented by funds from the state-run Tourism Enhancement Fund.

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