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Expressway contractors decry fuel shortage

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Though accepting to buy gasoline at a higher price, Dau Giay-Phan Thiet expressway contractors are still facing a shortage of fuel for operating machinery.

The fuel shortage in the past few days in southern Vietnam, especially in HCMC, Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc, has hindered the construction pace of the expressway.

The expressway is scheduled to be completed at the end of the year. While all the contractors are expediting work to meet the deadline of the project, they now have to face a lack of gasoline.

To ensure the project progress on schedule, many agreed to buy petrol at a higher price; however, the supply is still limited.

The tender package XL02 developed by Phuong Thanh Transport Construction and Investment Joint Stock Company needs around 20,000 liters of fuel a day for their operation. Though they accepted a fuel price that is VND3,000-5,000 higher per liter than normal, they still could not find suppliers.

The contractor will get into a worse situation if the fuel shortfall continues, said the company’s representative.

Similarly, the tender package XL03 executed by Vinaconex needs 5,000 liters of fuel a day to operate vehicles and machinery. Meanwhile, the contractor can only buy 600-1,000 liters of fuel per day.

According to the managing director of the tender package, the fuel insufficiency has impacted the project’s schedule.

Most of the Dau Giay-Phan Thiet expressway contractors are facing a scarcity of fuel. If the situation is not tackled soon, the project cannot be done at the end of the year.

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