CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — The Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation’s (NHLDC) first shipment of aggregate from the government-owned quarry at New River, left on Jan. 16 the Long Point Port bound for St. Kitts Masonry Products Limited.
Hon. Alexis Jeffers, Deputy Premier of Nevis, Minister of Natural Resources and Chairman of the NHLDC Board of Directors, was on the scene while the 3,000-ton barge was being loaded at the port. He said another shipment was already in the making for sister island St. Kitts.
“Today’s activity is one that should have taken place just about a week ago but there was some issue with the vessel that was unable to come but is here today,” Jeffers said. “We are hoping after this shipment is offloaded maybe in about another 10 days we should be able to provide St. Kitts Masonry Products with another shipment. We are gearing up to do so.”
The shipment to St. Kitts is not the first. In 2018, there were four in addition to other aggregate shipments abroad.
The NHLDC began filling orders for aggregate outside of St. Kitts and Nevis in 2017, with the first shipment to St. Maarten, with at least two to Guyana in 2018.
The budding export industry continues to rake in funds for the corporation. In 2017, the quarry income was$ 950,591.20 for base material and $132,657.82 for stone. The expenditure for that period was $215,469.54.
In 2018, the income was $1,319,284.70 for base material and $446,849.69 for stone. The expenditure was $233,654.41.
Jeffers explained that while the export for the corporation continues to grow, material from the quarry is also supplied to both concrete plants on Nevis.
“We have had some orders in recent times from the St. Kitts Masonry Products, which we are pleased to provide them with the aggregate… We are satisfying the local demands…
“We are currently supplying both concrete plants on the island and those are Oualie Masonry Products Ltd. and Dan’s [Trucking and] Redi-Mix Ltd. They purchase all of their stones and sand material from us and it has always been our effort at the government-owned quarry to ensure that we have the level of production there to ensure that we can satisfy the local market.”
In 2017, the Nevis Island Administration invested more than $1.6million at the quarry in an effort to enhance the quality of products offered.