Thursday, March 19, 2009
Death of the Carrozal-Chone Irrigation Project
Self-destructive madness rules in the High Andes. The Carrizal Chones irrigation and hydro-electricity project in Ecuador has been abandoned and weed grows on the earthworks already completed. In November 2008 the new Government of Ecuador decided to sue the Brazilian Infrastructure Contractor Odebrecht for some made up reasons and like Oxy and the oil companies then working in Ecuador, Odebrecht had to leave the country. I heard that only thanks to Brazilian Government's intervention (there were rumors of war) Odebrecht's engineers were allowed to leave Ecuador. The Government tried to get the Japanese to take up the project, but they refused. So the Government is having to do with local engineers and in March 10th., assigned 22 million dollars to save the project. But after a rainy winter, without the Brazilian management, with the workers disbanded, the machinery all but ruined, the project's roads and bridges falling down, it will be difficult to re-organize the project. Most probably the money will mismanaged and/or stolen.
Rafael Correa, Ecuador's President, the man who caused this disaster, announced that the project is advancing according to schedule.