The start up of Cove Industrial Estate and Business Park continues to be an elusive dream for the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).
Based on an exclusive interview in August with Earle Baccus, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of E-IDCOT (Eco Industrial Development Company of Tobago), which has the responsibility for the industrial development of the Cove Business Park, two factory shells were supposed to be constructed and completed by the end of last year. Baccus told Tobago News then, that tenders for the project were being evaluated and he had given October 2011 as the start-up date for work on the factory shells.
He had estimated a three-month construction period so he had given the end of December as the completion date for the project and was hopeful that occupation would begin by the first quarter of 2012.
However, when Tobago News visited the site last Monday, there were no signs of any construction activities for the factory shells. The entrance to vast empty area was now blocked off by two freshly painted barricades with a security booth manned by two Dominion Security Company officers keeping a close eye nearby.
Work seemed to have begun though, on an elaborate perimeter fencing project for the entire area. Tobago News also visited the site of the nearby natural gas processing facility, which is considered a critical element in satisfying the fueling needs of the business park and the adjacent electricity generating plant.
The plant seemed to be nearing completion with lots of scaffolding around the maze of intricate installations. At the nearby T&TEC electricity generating plant, two massive diesel fuel storage tanks hovered over the installations. Once the gas processing facility comes on stream, natural gas is expected to replace diesel fuel as the cleaner, cheaper fuel source to power Tobago's electricity generation and the industrial development needs at Cove.