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NWC says CHEC not forthcoming regarding claim for damage to its pipelines

The National Water Commission (NWC) has confirmed that it has not received a favourable response from China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to its claim for damage to its pipelines.
 
The NWC is claiming more than $200 million in losses caused by repeated breaks on its pipelines due to road projects underway in the Corporate Area.
 
NWC Corporate Communications Manager Charles Buchanan on Monday told RJR News that while the commission is hoping for an amicable resolution, it is not ruling out legal action "because it's absolutely clear that the pipes were broken as a result of the road works (and) there are significant costs that we now have to be paying upfront to restore." 
 
Mr. Buchanan was speaking on RJR's call in programme, Hotline.
 
CHEC has denied liability.
 
Writing in the Gleaner newspaper recently, CHEC said it is merely a contractor and all land acquisition and utility relocation works are the responsibility of State agencies.
 
CHEC said the government did not provide it with any pipeline layout drawings.
 


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