Delays to Oil Dock Works in Moin

Financial problems of the Mexican company ICA, member of the consortium in charge of building the dock in Costa Rica, could be part of the reasons behind the stoppage of work on the project.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The proposed construction of an oil dock for Recope was awarded to the consortium made up of MECO and the Mexican construction firm ICA, which since 2012 has been developing the works. The project is now 96% complete, and according to the president of Recope, Sara Salazar, the problem of non-payment, which may have led workers to stop construction, has now been resolved and work will resume in the coming days . reports that "...Apparently, the suspension of payment is related to a crisis that the construction company ICA has been facing in Mexico since 2015. This newspaper made calls to the headquarters of Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) in Mexico, but did not manage to talk with representatives of the corporate communications area or management. Meanwhile, the phone appears inactive in the offices in Costa Rica."

The development manager at Recope, Leonel Altamirano said that they are not yet considering "... a dissolution of the contract, that being that the worst case scenario, with only 4% of works left to be executed. Another 4% corresponds to contractual clauses.  In fact, the tender conditions allows mitigation measures including Recope finishing the work if the Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia authorizes it. There is already talk about a breach of contract, but that's not what we see as ideal," he said."

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