VNBusinessNews.com – 2009 is an extremly difficult year due to the impact of the global economic crisis, in which investment projects
in construction, especially the national key construction projects, have been directly affected.
However, the whole construction sector has seen the growth of 12.4% in 2009, making no small contribution to maintaining the whole country’s economic growth rate at 5.2%, of which the national key construction works have played an extremely important role.
A lot of the country’s resources such as capital, human and material resources have been mobilised to build these works, so they have made extremely important impact on the country’s socio-economic development and the people’s life.
The global economic crisis in the past year made all of the capital supply sources imbalanced. Many projects did not have or failed to mobilise sufficient capital and as a result, construction of some works threatened to be suspended. In addition, the crisis also had negative effect on the life and the working condition of the workers at the construction sites. If without timely and flexible measures, the progress and quality of these works would have been affected.
In 2009, the national key construction works have overcome the above-said challenges, mobilised an adequate source of capital for projects. The quality of the works has been ensured and the projects have been deployed with the faster rate of progress than the set target.
At the Son La Hydro-Electric Power Plant, the quality management is implemented through a quality management system of the investor, contractors and the operation of the State Examination and Acceptance Council. As a result, the quality of the project has been tightly controlled in a systematic and regular manner.
The arrangement of capital for this project has been basically completed. In carrying out the National Assembly’s resolution and the Prime Minister’s decision, the turbine unit No.1 of the Son La Hydro-Electric Power Plant is to generate electricity by the end of 2010 and the plant will have been completed by late 2012, two years earlier than the set target. It means that the country will have additional 10.2 billion KWh of electricity a year.
The construction work of the Dung Quat Oil Refinery was completed in August 2009. Currently, the works of adjustment, appraisal and trial run are being quickly conducted. The investor checked and accepted the completion of the 3 out of 4 bid packages, including the package 5A (Breakwater), the package 5B (Port for Offloading Products) and the package 7 (Administrative House).
The check results showed that the quality of the construction and assembly had met the technical design requirements.
However, as for many other national key construction works, there are some problems which need to be solved such as the quality management and implementation progress. To accelerate the investment progress of the national key construction projects, the Ministry of Construction has assessed the advantages and difficulties in the process of deploying these projects in order to take appropriate measures, co-ordinated with relevant ministries and branches to make proposals to the Government for the adjustment of mechanism and policies related to investors, contractors and enterprises involved in construction activities.
To accelerate the progress of the national key construction works next year, the Ministry will continue to give guidance to the units to implement the Government’s groups of solutions, especially to mobilise adequate source of capital, human resource and equipment to speed up the implementation of the works. It is necessary to reevaluate the capacity of construction units and resolutely replace any incapable construction unit. Focus should be laid on the completion of projects in a safe and effective manner in accordance with to the right rate of progress, of which there are important landmarks: the turbine unit No.1 of the Son La Hydro-Electric Power Plant is to generate electricity in the fourth quarter of 2010, the construction of the Lai Chai Hydro-Electric Power is to commence in 2010.
Tran Ngoc Thien
Head of the Department for Construction Activity
Management, the Ministry of Construction