SEPANG: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said that it has yet to issue the Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC) for KLIA2. However, it has embarked on a programme to resolve the settlement issues at the terminal.
“The CPC is a certificate issued contractually by MAHB when it is satisfied that all works have been completed to its satisfaction, meeting all the requirements of the contract.
“In relation to KLIA2, there are material contractual obligations on the part of the contractor which have not been satisfied,” MAHB said in a statement.
It said prior to the issuance of the CPC, the contractor was under an obligation to complete all works to the satisfaction of MAHB.
Without the CPC, the KLIA2 terminal building is still under the responsibility of the main contractor, UEM-Bina Puri JV.
Analysts said the absence of the CPC was not unusual, and it could indicate that there were still works to be completed according to MAHB’s requirements spelled out in the contract before a full handover.
MAHB said in addition to the ongoing maintenance works required to upkeep KLIA2, it had embarked on a special maintenance programme to address the identified settlement at the parking aprons and taxiways.
“Due to the fact that this was anticipated, we are able to act quickly to rectify the depressions as it happens. This is done in accordance to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) safety and operational guidelines,” managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said in a separate statement.
The airport operator said the special maintenance programme comprised immediate and long-term solutions that include routine patching works, resurfacing or overlay works, and the construction of concrete slabs at the affected parking aprons and taxiways.
The resurfacing works (overlay) and routine patching works are performed immediately when there is a depression in accordance to the ICAO guidelines, and on a continual basis.
The works are performed by the contractor that has been engaged to be on standby on site and takes about five to seven hours to complete.
The construction of the concrete slabs at the affected parking aprons and taxiways is the long-term solution that has commenced at certain areas and will continue until 2016. The work plan is designed as such, in order not to disrupt operations.
MAHB said the KLIA2 terminal, apron, taxiway and Runway 3 have been independently audited and declared safe for operations by both Ikram Premier Consulting Sdn Bhd and ICAO prior to its opening.
“MAHB is committed to resolving the settlement issues in the best possible manner and will continue to work closely with all the stakeholders, including the airlines, towards this common objective.”
The building of KLIA2 had resulted in delays caused by contractors, and due to that, MAHB had imposed liquidated and ascertained damages (LAD) on UEM-Bina Puri JV.
“MAHB has notified the contractor of its intention to impose LAD and the LAD will continue to apply in accordance with the terms of the contract,” it said.
KLIA2 opened on May 2 after numerous delays. ICAO has verified that KLIA2 is structurally in compliance with its requirements and safety standards.
MAHB reiterated that the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) was obtained on April 17 and its issuance was restricted to technical issues concerning health, safety and essential services as required by local authorities such as the Fire and Rescue Department, the Sepang Municipal Council and Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd.
The CCC certified that the terminal was safe and fit for occupation. The CCC is a statutory certificate issued under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
Meanwhile, AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Aireen Omar hopes the issues in relation to KLIA2 will be rectified as soon as possible.
“We hope that they would be able to rectify any issues as soon as possible. Be it the CPC, tarmac, walkalator or apron, these would ultimately lead to the disruption of the (daily) operations,” Aireen told reporters after the launch of AirAsia’s in-flight WiFi service yesterday.
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