Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has proposed the prime minister to replace PVC-Lilama contractor at the Quang Trach 1 thermal power plant project due to its weak capacity as well as EVN’s lack of trust in the company’s ability to develop the construction on schedule, according to newswire Vietnamnet.
|EVN proposed the prime minister to pick another contractor
In October 2016, EVN took over the Quang Trach 1 thermal power plant project, located in Quang Trach Power Centre in Quang Binh province, from Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam).
Previously, in 2011, when PetroVietnam was still the investor of the project, under the PM’s approval, it signed contracts, including a contract on "designs and drawings" and "procurement of equipment, construction, and testing" of the EPC package with PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC). Accordingly, PVC would be the general contractor of the project.
In April 2012, PetroVietnam proposed the PM to convert PVC into PVC-Lilama joint venture, with PVC as the major contractor. The PVC-Lilama joint venture remained the general contractor of the Quang Trach 1 project.
However, after four years of the signing ceremony, the construction of the project had yet to be completed on schedule.
According to EVN, Quang Trach 1 is expected to come into operation by 2021. This means that it only has 50 months left to implement the construction. Meanwhile, EVN said that PVC-Lilama does not have the financial capacity and credibility to implement the project.
Notably, in terms of financial potential, according to statistics of Deloitte Vietnam, as of December 31, 2016, PVC operated with an accumulated loss of VND2.88 trillion ($126.8 million). The short-term debt was VND561 billion ($24.66 million) higher than its short-term assets.
Regarding the credibility of the company, according to EVN’s opinion, PVC has implemented a number of projects most of which had been delayed in construction, causing delay in operation of the plant . These projects include Thai Binh 2 thermal power, Dung Quat, and Phu Tho bio-ethanol projects.
Due to these reasons, EVN proposed the PM to select another contractor with enough capacity and experience so that it can ensure the timely construction of the Quang Trach 1 project.
Quang Trach 1’s construction was kicked off in July 2011 with total investment capital of $1.7 billion. The plant has a designed capacity of 1,200MV to be produced by two turbines, which were expected to come into operation in June and December 2015, and contribute to the national grid an annual capacity of 8.5 billion kWh.
However, over five years after the ground-breaking ceremony, the construction has been immobile, except a finished office building.