Sunday, August 19, 2007

Dung Quat oil refinery urged to inaugurate in 2009

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai urged construction units, contractors and related agencies to spare no efforts to put the Dung Quat oil refinery into operation in 2009 as scheduled.

The Deputy PM made the request at a meeting with the management board of the Dung Quat oil refinery project, contractors and authorities of central Quang Ngai Province on August 17.

The deputy PM heard Director of the management board Truong Van Tuyen report the project’s implementation over the last 25 months, since the Engineering-Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract took effect.

He also heard a report from Bruno, a representative of the French contractor, Technip group, on the project’s outcomes as well as its shortcomings.

Deputy PM Hai highly valued the project management board, contractor and sub-contractors’ efforts to increase labour productivity. However, 33 percent of the construction process is lagged behind the schedule, which is unacceptable, he said.

As a result, the deputy PM requested contractors to mobilise all human resources and equipment to accelerate the construction tempo.

He also asked Chairman of the Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) and relevant agencies to continue negotiations with the EPC contractor on arising issues in order to ensure the project’s pace so as to putting the Dung Quat oil refinery into operation in 2009 as planned.

Construction of the Dung Quat Oil Refinery kicked off in June 2005. Once operational, the plant, which has a designed capacity of 6.5 million tonnes of oil per year, will be capable of turning out 33 percent of the country’s entire demand for petrol and oil.