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Guyana: Talks have resumed with China over airport project

August 8, 2015

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana says work to extend the South American country’s main airport runway is expected to resume following a dispute with a Chinese state company.

Infrastructure Minister David Patterson says significant progress has been made in recent conversations with China Harbour Engineering Co.

Friday’s announcement comes weeks after the government complained about missed deadlines, high costs and what it claimed was failure to do proper engineering studies.

The project to extend the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport by about 3,200 feet (1,000 meters) was expected to be completed by September. Officials now say it won’t be ready until 2017.

Guyana had signed a $138 million agreement in 2011 with Chinese officials.

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