Government Guarantees $30M Loan For BLDC

May 7, 2021 | 1 Comment

“The Government has guaranteed a $30 million loan on behalf of Bermuda Land Development Corporation [BLDC], for the installation of a sewer main, a drinking water main, a reclaimed water main and a spare main in St. George’s,” Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson said.

“The guarantee will facilitate the revitalization of essential water and waste water infrastructure within the East End, which is the first phase of the integrated Water and Waste Master Plan,” the Minister said in the House of Assembly today [May 7] adding that “this development, will be crucial to both the New St Regis Hotel as well as the Town of St. Georges.”

The Minister’s full statement follows below:

Mr. Speaker, in accordance with Section 2 AA [3] of the Government Loans Act 1978, I rise to inform this Honourable House of the issuance of a new Government guarantee.

Mr. Speaker, when determining whether the Government should consider providing a guarantee, various factors are taken into consideration before making a final decision. These factors include:

  • Whether the guarantee is part of the Government’s plan to diversify the economy
  • Whether the project being guaranteed is of national importance and is therefore beneficial for the country
  • Where an implicit guarantee needs to be replaced by an explicit guarantee in order to save on borrowing costs

Mr. Speaker, with the above criteria in mind, the Government has guaranteed a $30 million loan on behalf of Bermuda Land Development Corporation [BLDC], for the installation of a sewer main, a drinking water main, a reclaimed water main and a spare main in St. George’s

Mr. Speaker, in relation to the $30 million BDLC guarantee, the guarantee will facilitate the revitalization of essential water and waste water infrastructure within the East End, which is the first phase of the integrated Water and Waste Master Plan.

Mr. Speaker, this development, will be crucial to both the New St Regis Hotel as well as the Town of St. Georges [the Town]. It will connect water storage infrastructure at BLDC with the town, as well as introduce new water production and sewage treatment facilities. The end result will be a solution to the failing sewage infrastructure within the Town, increased water production to service the Town as well as residents of St. George parish and St. David’s and it will introduce a new resource of non-potable water available for flushing, irrigation and service to the new hotel.

Mr. Speaker, this initiative is the end result of the East End water master plan study undertaken some years ago. It will in the future be replicated on a much larger scale for the entire island during future phases of the Integrated Waste and Water Master Plan. This revitalization of central infrastructure will not only provide future services to residents, but provide opportunities for employment as contractors execute the works.

Mr. Speaker, in closing I would note that projects such as this are consistent with Government’s intention to take a considered and deliberate approach in relation to the issuing of guarantees. This initiative is focused on revitalization of central infrastructure, which will not only provide future services to residents, but also provide opportunities for employment as contractors execute the works. Whenever possible, we will continue to take proactive steps to help to spur job growth and facilitate initiatives with positive short and long-term impact on the Bermudian economy.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

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  1. Unbelievable says:

    My goodness. Bermuda can’t pay for anything.

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