TMV does not live up to master plan

Tuesday November 11, 2014 Written by Phillipa Webb Published in Economy
TMV does not live up to master plan

Criticism has again risen over the Te Mato Vai project with a local man pointing out that plans have not lived up to expectations on the $23.1 million project.

Rarotonga resident Andrew Duncan has taken an interest in the project, and states that although many inspections and tests are required as part of
the Master Plan, few were actually done.
“Many of these requirements may not be in the CCECC contract – but are in the Government’s “contract with the people of the Cook Islands” as expressed through the Master Plan and the promises at the public meetings.”
The piping is required to have extensive documentation regarding its manufacture and quality and requires “an experienced specialist in Polymers and familiarity with the processes of ISO9001,” he said.
“His job is to check the manufacturing process, inspect the pipes for quality, damage, roundness etc. and to carry out complex testing on both the pipe and welds.”
The valves, fire hydrants and hardware need extensive documentation and must be inspected by a certified metalurgist who may use dye penetrant, magnetic particle, X-ray or ultra-sonic inspection techniques, he said.
This criticism comes after a former engineer who worked on the project said the ongoing replacement of Rarotonga’s aged ring mains is falling below internationally accepted standards.
As a Material Quality Specialist, John Batty performed duties as a supervising engineer, overseeing work on the $23.1 million project – which is being led by the Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC). Batty was employed by KEW Consult Limited – the company selected by government to manage the entire Te Mato Vai project.
During his contract with KEW, Batty was tasked with overseeing quality assurance on the pipe laying work being carried out by the CCECC – a job he says he was prevented in doing adequately as he was not allowed to directly observe the testing of pipe joints, having instead to rely on photos and graphs to assess the work.
“The main issue was that I was finding the CCECC construction practices difficult to sign off as the quality was not what should have been expected from an international engineering and construction company,” Batty wrote in an email, after he was approached by CINews.
Work on the Te Mato Vai project continues.

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