The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) will be monitoring the removal and subsequent restoration of approximately 240m2 of mangroves and cordgrass at Ogle, East Coast Demerara where Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) is undertaking its Fiber Optic Cable Project.
ExxonMobil Head office – a greenfield 15-acre site comprising two buildings and associated infrastructure, slated for completion by 2023 is also being constructed at Ogle.
The company plans to implement the high-speed fiber optic/wireless transport service for its Guyana onshore and offshore facilities which requires the installation of a submarine fiber optic cable connecting the offshore EEPGL facilities to onshore network services.
The Project will require the removal of mangroves along with some of the rip-rap boulders that currently form part of the sea defence structure at Ogle. The total area that will be disturbed is approximately 240m2 with 100% removal of both cordgrass and mangroves, NAREI said.
“EEPGL having engaged the requisite regulatory agencies received the necessary approvals for the Fiber Optic Cable Project provided that a plan for mitigation of the impact on the mangroves at Ogle is developed and implemented under the supervision of NAREI,” the agency explained.
NAREI said given the necessity to remove a portion of the mangrove stand at Ogle, ExxonMobil plans to restore the mangroves, cordgrass, and sea defense infrastructure after the installation is completed and in this regard, a mangrove and cordgrass restoration plan was prepared and submitted to NAREI.
The company started the removal of the mangroves and cordgrass yesterday and will complete the exercise tomorrow, the restoration will begin subsequently.