Its all about facts and Anwar in this Malaysiakini report said there is no need for another report. http://malaysiakini.com/news/94577 The extracted headlined,” Anwar Ibrahim today questioned the necessity to prepare a geo-technical report on the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide when a similar 15-year-old Highland Towers report has been on the table for all to follow. He said the comprehensive geo-technical report on the 1993 Highland Towers incident had covered all areas, including drainage system and soil erosion.It made a number of recommendations for preventive and remedial measures to avert similar incidents in future.
Anwar would also be jumping up and down if he had read this report from the theedgedaily.com and togehter with this Malaysiakini report on the landslide it is enough to spoil everyones Christmas.
The extracts in full with courtesies from the website:-
Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, the owner of problem-plagued Bakun hydroelectric dam, has been slapped with an additional claim amounting to RM80 million from Impsa Malaysia, the supplier of four of the eight turbines that will be installed in the 2,400MW hydro plant.
Sources said that Impsa Malaysia put in the additional claims a few weeks ago and if approved, the claims for the turbine job, initially awarded at RM460 million, will amount to RM225 million.
This would mean that the cost of the four turbines that were awarded on a direct negotiated basis in 2003, a few months before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took office, would balloon to RM685 millon.
The job to supply and install the other four turbines was given to Alstom Malaysia. Alstom’s contract was at RM450 million and the additional claims approved are RM80 million.
The civil and electro-mechanical works for Bakun were originally supposed to have been done at RM4 billion. With the additional claims mounting due to delays, the cost is expected to surpass RM5.5 billion.
Sources said that officials in Sarawak Hidro were surprised by the latest claims of RM80 million from Impsa as they had thought that the matter has been settled after claims of RM145 million to the Argentinian-Malaysian company were agreed upon between both parties three months ago.
It is learnt that Impsa had put in the additional claims based on a new work schedule for the installation of the turbines.
“But the new schedule was not approved by Sarawak Hidro. If the latest claims are approved, it would equal to the amount in additional claims Impsa had sought from Sarawak Hidro initially and which was rejected after the issue became a matter that was even debated in parliament,” said a source.
Earlier this year, Impsa has put in additional claims amounting to RM245 million for a job of RM460 million. The amount was subsequently brought down to RM225 million. But it was still excessive as it was originally only contracted at RM460 million. The matter was brought up in Parliament and the Ministry of Finance assured that they would not entertain such an amount.
Subsequently, Sarawak Hidro offered a sum of RM145 million which was agreed upon by Impsa, say sources. It is learnt that when Impsa agreed to the RM145 million, they has reserved some rights for additional claims.
“It appears that Impsa is now exercising their rights. But it is left to be seen if Sarawak Hidro and Ministry of Finance (MoF) will entertain the claims,” said a source.
The additional RM80 million claim for Bakun Hydroelectric dam project is the latest in the series of problems plaguing the project which took off to a fresh start some six years ago. The civil works for the dam, that was originally awarded at a fixed lump sum price of RM1.8 billion has seen cost overruns of more than RM700 million.
The civil works was awarded to a consortium led by Sime Darby Bhd. It comprised a Chinese contractor and several local contractors. One reason for the cost overruns was due to problems in the soil studies.
The other major portion of cost overruns are coming from the electro-mechanical works, which is essentially the constructing, installation and commissioning of the eight turbines of 400 MW each. The work was awarded to Alstom and Impsa in 2003.
It is said that the award to Impsa was a surprise then as initially the tender was out for only four turbines and Alstom landed the job.
But subsequently the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), under Tan Sri Samsuddin Hitam then, awarded the job for the other four turbines to Impsa. Both Alstom and Impsa are seeking compensation because of delays in the implementation of Bakun.
The project was initially supposed to be completed by end of last year. But because of delays in the civil works, the dates have been pushed several times. The first turbine is expected to start generating electricity in middle of 2010.