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Suvarnabhumi Airport Link Opening Postponed For 3 Months

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Airport Link opening postponed

BANGKOK (NNT) -- The Airport Link will not be finished in time for opening in April as planned, according to the Transport Minister, while the contractor firm will be fined 17 million THB due to the delay.

Updating on the Airport Link progress, Transport Minister Sopon Zarum said the work on the electronic system, the CCTV system, and the radio system, under the responsibility of Siemens company, have not been completed according to the term of reference specified.

The entire system is 80% complete but it will not be in time for the planned opening this April. The train cannot be operated commercially until it has received safety standard verification from the independent consulting engineer which should take at least 3 months. The Minister said, however, test runs will be carried out as scheduled.

The contractor Siemens company has to pay at least 17 million THB to the state for failing to meet the deadline and the requirement in the TOR.

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geriatrickid    14,052

Well, Elvis nice of you to take time off for your great Bravo interview program and state the obvious :)

I think fines were factored into the cost of the project.

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TerraPosse    22
Well, Elvis nice of you to take time off for your great Bravo interview program and state the obvious :D

I think fines were factored into the cost of the project.

But at that exchange rate to the Euro?

:)

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Pib    8,374

Wouldn't surprise me if the contract "fine print/devil-in-the-details" allows Siemens to appeal/escape the fine...probably due to Siemens claiming something uncontrollable like the weather; Thai govt failure to approve something on-time; a Red Shirt, Yellow Shirt, or XYZ Color Shirt protest(s); and/or Etc; preventing Siemens from completing within contract defined times. Plus, Siemens probably cranked in a few expected delays/fines into their contract winning bid.

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Netfan    0

This is no surprise to those of us who live / work out this way. We've been hearing August for a couple of months.

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rfukata    92

typical of any project here. I would think the new August date is still premature considering all the uncertainties and variables.

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Basil B    5,698

17M THB (£350K/$500K), that seems like Pea Nuts, maybe it is per day.

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shawndoc    157

Interesting, Siemens has a lot of experience with projects like this, and are usually quite good at hitting milestones/deadlines. Would be interesting to hear what they blame the delays on.

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bdenner    1,038
Interesting, Siemens has a lot of experience with projects like this, and are usually quite good at hitting milestones/deadlines. Would be interesting to hear what they blame the delays on.
Agreed!

Time lost counting the 'Hoops' to be jumped through!

Never ending 'Moving Goal Posts'!

Thailand just being Thailand!

etc.

Maybe their only mistake was not asking a long term retiree about the bullshlt he has to go through when dealing with the Thai Government and then contracting for additional time to compensate.

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NanLaew    8,253

Yes, the longer it takes to get this completed, it can be used by the PM in his lame 'second airport' argument with IATA. AoT have already scaled back their plans for a new domestic terminal and new runway at Suvarnabhumi to adding just a satellite terminal.

Keeps alive the military's dwindling hopes of a gravy train from their "northern Bangkok golf course with runways".

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virtualtraveller    1,064

Hey why blockade an airport when you just screw it up instead, an AOT are scratching their heads wondering why Suvarnabhumi isn't top 10. How long has this airport been open.

Never mind, the Red Shirts are going to scare away all the tourists for the next few months, so what's a few months further delay to the delay.

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