Murray and Roberts threatens to pull out of Morupule A

SHARE   |   Monday, 12 December 2016   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Murray and Roberts threatens to pull out of Morupule A
Information gathered by this publication reveals that Murray and Roberts – which has been engaged by Doosan Heavy Industries to carry out both the construction and engineering works at Morupule A – is threatening to pull out of the deal. A highly placed source at the company has revealed that the company is not happy at how the main company is treating them as they are failing to provide materials on time. Only 25% of the materials needed for the projects are at the site against the planned 80% of the materials. This is said to be caused by the six month Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) of material because initial inspections have not been carried out to determine what needs to be ordered. The project, which was supposed to be at 60%, is currently lacking behind at 20% and the scope of work is changing almost every day. Under the contract, the contractor was supposed to replace and repair turbines and boilers in the Morupule A power plant but it is alleged that the Korean company wants them to be refurbished; something the Murray and Roberts engineers are not comfortable with. One of the equipment which was supposed to be replaced as per the agreement is the coal feeders but is now serviced internally. The Engineers are said to have discovered that the new flue Gas Handling system drawings are not matching the existing structures. The company is currently contracted to Hitachi Power Africa for the Medupi and Kusile boiler packages comprising 12 units of about 800 megawatt electrical (MWe) each. The Murray & Roberts scope includes structural steel fabrication, erection and mechanical installation works. The company has failed to deliver the promised unit in October as it is currently behind schedule. The project is worth P2.5 billion.