FRA clears air on contract with China Railway Fifth Group

THE Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has clarified that China Railway Fifth Group (CR5G) has been awarded the maintenance contract only for the Central Division. FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said FRA managed maintenance work throughout Fiji.

He said it included the Central (Eastern is part of Central), Western and Northern divisions.

“The Central and Northern contracts started in 2013 with Fulton Hogan Hiways for over a four-year period,” Mr Moore said.

“We had granted an extension for one year while we organised for the new contract for the Central Division.”

In a statement released yesterday, Mr Moore said they had issued a tender for the contractors to put a price for their work and the contractors submitted their tenders.

“We assess tenders based on many factors; the capacity of the contractor, quality of work, contractor’s ability to understand the work required and for the price. When we balanced these factors, FHH were not the most competitive to do the work required and the CR5G offered a more competitive and a better value offer than FHH did.”

Mr Moore said the amount of work that they were planning to do in the future would be more than what they were currently doing which would require more people.

“When CR5G takes over in January, we will require more people and the workers at FHH have been trained over for many years in roadworks and we do not want to lose them.”

Mr Moore said they were conscious of the workers potentially losing the job with FHH and they were working with FHH and other contractors so that there was minimal disruption in people’s lives.

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