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Khan: No Poor Quality Steel Used In Nadi Airport Project

Airports Fiji Limited has hit back at a Radio New Zealand report which said the Nadi Airport Modernisation project went behind schedule due to use of bad steel. Airports Fiji
30 Jul 2016 08:06
Khan: No Poor Quality Steel Used In Nadi Airport Project
Airports Fiji Limited executive chairman Faiz Khan.

Airports Fiji Limited has hit back at a Radio New Zealand report which said the Nadi Airport Modernisation project went behind schedule due to use of bad steel.

Airports Fiji executive chairman, Faiz Khan, said the issue of changing the steel supplier dates back to late 2014.

“This is an old issue that has been resolved a year and a half ago. The issue was identified and resolved by Hawkins at that time,” he said.

“You will see that no bad steel has arrived into Fiji. Please note Hawkins has very strict quality controls.

“Hawkins identified non- compliances with the initial order of steel during an inspection at the factory in China.  This resulted in cancellation of the order with that supplier.

“The steel for the airport was subsequently sourced through a third party which also manages the quality assurance process.”

Mr Khan stressed in building infrastructure such as airports, steel quality is fundamental to the integrity of the building.

“Hawkins identified the issue, dealt with it and absorbed the additional cost. We did not receive any poor quality of steel on site in Nadi,” he said.

“Our engineers contribution is made by the nature of any successful construction project that delivers, based on a collaborative approach between the contractor, consultants and client.”

The Nadi Airport Modernisation Project is expected to be completed by mid-next year.

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