Huaxin reports 90 percent progress on civil construction

KATHMANDU: Construction work at Huaxin Cement Narayani project has continued during the lockdown with significant progress being made in the building of key civil structures. Recently, OIBN organized a virtual conference meeting with Huaxin Cement Narayani officials to discuss the impact of the lockdown on the projects.
The project reported that it has achieved 90 percent progress in civil construction work, 70 percent in steel structures (plant) and long standard equipment, and 30 percent in installation of equipment. The 83 meters tall pre-heat structure, a key part of any cement plant, has already been installed and the process of importing the necessary equipment from overseas for the project is underway. However, delays in importing such material due to the lockdown is going to affect the timeline of the project and force the project to pay a high retention fee. Project officials stated that the project will overrun its original target of May 2020 to complete construction by at least three months due to the scarcity of construction materials, machineries, and human resources.
The impact will be more severe if the pandemic continues for a few more months. The project has already purchased 90 percent of private land and is in the process of leasing government land and the cutting of trees will start only after the approval of the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE). The IEE report is under review at the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoFE). Approval of the design of the sub-station and transmission line is underway at Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and the process of importing necessary equipment has already been initated by the project. Huaxin Cement Narayani employs 40 staff (20 Nepali and 20 Chinese) and contractors hired 300 Nepali and 300 Chinese workers. The Office of the Investment Board Nepal (OIBN) has been in constant contact with Huaxin officials and has been extending the necessary facilitation to move the process forward through the different line agencies. OIBN organized meeting with other project representatives as well. ♦