Last week, CINews reported on a number of quality and safety issues that have arisen as the Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) replaces Rarotonga’s ring mains.
Two stop-work orders were issued recently for safety and construction-related concerns, and quality of work issues were identified surrounding pipe construction and specifications with the installation of fire hydrants.
Communications Advisor Jaewynn McKay said the Te Mato Vai (TMV) Project Management Unit and the CCECC are “working together constructively and addressing issues as they arise”.
A discussion between stakeholders took place late last week, where Latu Kupa – head of the project team overseeing TMV – said it is “perfectly normal and not unexpected” for glitches to occur in major projects of this nature.
“The important thing is that we sit down with our contractors and manage our way through those glitches, and that is what we have done” said Kupa.
“There have been some health and safety and technical matters that we have asked to be remedied and we have met our contractors – CCECC – to pragmatically and amicably iron out those issues. The primary objective is to have those matters resolved in a way that meets the high standards required in the Cook Islands.”
McKay said the potential for future issues is always a possibility.
“What is important now is that we have a system in place to address those issues as they arise. There is goodwill from all parties for this project to be a success and for all the issues to be worked through,” she wrote in an email.
McKay also took the opportunity to remind the public to be alert and drive “with the utmost care through the construction areas for their own safety and that of the construction workers”.