Tullow and partner Statoil have invested in a major project designed to improve the livelihood of fishermen and market vendors in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.
The project involved the renovation of the quayside and the construction of a new jetty, an open hall as well as a housing unit for a new ice machine. The project commenced in November 2014 and completed in April 2015.
The renovated facilities were opened during a ceremony on Wednesday 13 May attended by ministers (authorities) of the Surinamese government, those involved in the project, as well as locals.
The previous facilities had degraded over time and the quayside had collapsed due to erosion and become an unsafe environment for fishermen. Tullow and Statoil used their mandatory licence fees from offshore Blocks 47 and 54 to invest in this regeneration project.
The quayside is now cleaner and safer, as well as better regulated and managed. Furthermore, the newly constructed hall will accommodate fish vendors and an ice machine such that the quality of the fish being sold will be greatly improved.