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MWH Stands By Work, Business Practices

MWH is standing by the quality and integrity of work and business practices despite statements by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) of otherwise. MWH managing director, Australia, New Zealand and
28 Sep 2016 08:15
MWH Stands By Work, Business Practices

MWH is standing by the quality and integrity of work and business practices despite statements by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) of otherwise.

MWH managing director, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Mark Bruzzone, made this statement in response to questions from the Fiji Sun.

Mr Bruzzone said: “We have attempted to resolve any concerns raised by the FRA and refute their recent statements.”

As per our report yesterday, FRA chief executive, John Hutchinson, said they are seeking clarification from MWH on payments that have been done so far backdated to 2012.

So in addition for substantiation for the outstanding $14 million, FRA wants MWH to also substantiate all claims made so far since 2012.

Mr Hutchinson said FRA had taken a closer look at previous MWH claims more recently and were not satisfied.

They feel FRA was charged by MWH for services they were not necessarily receiving.

A direction had also been given to MWH to have a far more targeted cost effective structure for the remainder of their contract period.

This was particularly focussed on directing MWH on reducing the number of foreign-based personnel. FRA believes this is what precipitated MWH action to terminate the contract.

But Mr Bruzzone said: “Our organisation and the Fiji Roads Authority respectfully hold different perspectives on the factors leading up to the contract termination.

“We stand by the quality and integrity of our work and business practices.

“Our commitment to our staff, the community and people of Fiji has always been and continues to remain important to us.”

FRA was not the only client MWH had in Fiji and MWH has assured these other clients of their commitment.

“We will continue our diligent support to other Fiji-based clients and are proud of the legacy that our road work leaves behind for many years to come,” he said.

“With respect to the current issues, we intend to pursue recovery of fees owed through the contractual dispute resolution process.”

 

FRA steps being taken now

Meanwhile, Mr Hutchinson has stated MWH’s contract was due to expire on December 31 anyways.

He said the decision was made quite some time ago and had been communicated to MWH who were fully aware.

But with the sudden termination, Mr Hutchinson said they are reassessing and will need to continue to engage external consultants.

But at the same time, majority of MWH’s functions will be brought in-house and this will require FRA to increase its staffing.

How will this work? MWH was contracted the asset management function for FRA.

So now FRA will take control of the management of the asset management function and will outsource the technical provision of the asset management services.

He said tender had been called for this some weeks ago and is being evaluated and no further details and be revealed.

Works had started on this on the basis that MWH’s contract would expire in December but it is now being fast-tracked.

Professional services would range from detailed technical design of bridges and roads, conducting road corridor studies and various other studies.

Also Environment Impact Assessment studies which FRA outsources at the moment any ways.


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