In the extreme weather of summer, hundreds of workers of Construction Joint Stock Company 47 at Dong Mit construction site still work diligently in order to complete the project by this year.
Commitment to progress and quality
Mr. Doan Van Luyen, Deputy Head of the Irrigation Construction and Investment Management Board 7.5 (Irrigation Construction and Investment Management Board 7) cum Supervisor of the Dong Mit reservoir irrigation project stated that the current progress of Dong Mit reservoir, which is located in An Trung highland commune in An Lao district (Binh Dinh), is being accelerated to be completed by the end of this year.
“Only upper part of the construction needs to be constructed, therefore it is very convenient to speed up the progress. Currently, Construction Joint Stock Company 47 (Contractor) is focusing on completing the roller compacted concrete dam with the remaining volume of 34,000 blocks and about 20,000 blocks of normal concrete. As for the spillway, the concrete work of the spillway surface has basically completed and the spillway piers are expected to be finished in July ready for mechanical installation”, said Mr. Luyen.
It is also stated that the labor resources are not affected during the Covid-19 pandemic because the Company attempt to utilize the local work force in Binh Dinh to assure the laborers’ safety and health. This is regarded as an advantage for the company to shorten the construction progress. “Construction Joint Stock Company 47 has extensive experience in building large irrigation projects using roller compacted concrete technology such as Dinh Binh and Nuoc Trong reservoirs and has just completed the Tan My irrigation system project in Ninh Thuan province”.
According to Mr. Nguyen Xuan Can, Deputy Director of Construction Joint Stock Company 47, the Contractor has executed 75% of work items, and Dong Mit Reservoir is expected to be completed on main items before the main flood. CC47 has partly completed main items and currently conducts the remaining aesthetic adjustments of Ninh Thuan-based Tan My Irrigation system project. This enables the Contractor to mobilize the human and equipment resources for Dong Mit Reservoir, there are 300 employees in total including both internal and external work force.
“We are working 24 hours out of 24 hours with 3 shifts. Because the remaining work volumes are conducted on high altitudes, the construction condition is getting more difficult, which leads to slower daily construction progress. We had to take advantage every single minute to catch up the schedule. According to the plan, the project shall be handed over by December 2021” said Mr. Duong Minh Quang – General Director of Construction Joint Stock Company 47.
Present on the construction site of Dong Mit reservoir, we witnessed the excitement day and night of the construction unit. “Construction process of Dong Mit Reservoir takes place in the hottest summer with extreme conditions. However, in order to assure the concrete quality, concrete pouring shall be conducted under the right temperature. Therefore, we only organize the pouring of concrete at night while iron and steel preparation and formwork installation during the day.
“Pouring concrete at night not only provides the best quality but also protects the employees’ health. There is not any wind at the construction site with average temperature of 36-37 degree Celsius, which might result in low working efficiency. The Contractor has organized 3 working shifts so the working efficiency increases” said Mr. Nguyen Xuan Can – Deputy General Director of Construction Joint Stock Company 47.
Organise construction and prevention of Covid-19 epidemic at the same time
“Currently, we encounter many difficulties in the crunch time to complete the project by the end of the year, when the Covid-19 epidemic breaks out in the 4th time with a more dangerous spread than the previous ones. However, a lot of the main materials for the construction of the project still need to be obtained from the provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam” said Mr. Duong Minh Quang – General Director of Construction Joint Stock Company 47.
Therefore, the time to import materials to the construction site is later than in the past because personnel must comply with the quarantine and medical declaration stages. “During the current Covid-19 epidemic, we together with the investor establish checkpoints at the construction site to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic” said Mr. Duong Minh Quang, General Director of Construction Joint Stock Company 47.
According to Mr. Duong Minh Quang, the prevention of Covid-19 epidemic at the construction site of Dong Mit Reservoir is being implemented very closely by the construction unit and the investor. A Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has been established at the construction site, which regularly urges and reminds workers to comply with regulations in epidemic prevention and control under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.
“Employees are regularly reminded to wear masks and disinfect their hands from time to time. An Lao District People’s Committee also regularly visits the construction site to inspect and direct the prevention of Covid-19. Recently, the Health Department went to the construction site to take samples to test each unit of a number of personnel to assess the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic at the construction site. Last week, the Board of Management approved the policy submitted by the Board of General Directors to vaccinate all employees against COVID-19 in the near future” said Mr. Duong Minh Quang.
“The district regularly follows and directs Construction Joint Stock Company 47 and Irrigation Management Board 7 to strictly implement the prevention and control of Covid-19. We command the construction unit of Dong Mit reservoir to comply with the regular declaration of the number of workers working at the construction site, especially additional workers from other localities. Moreover, it is necessary to organize a working environment for the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic in accordance with the guidance of the Ministry of Health, and at the same time, if there is any suspected case, it must be reported urgently to the local authorities” said Do Tung Lam, Vice Chairman of An Lao District People’s Committee.
“Construction 47 Joint Stock Company is a unit capable of executing roller compacted concrete, this unit has constructed large projects such as Dinh Binh reservoir, Van Phong and Nuoc Trong weirs and recently the Tan My irrigation system, therefore, we believe that Dong Mit reservoir project will also achieve the expected quality. Especially, the workforce of Construction Joint Stock Company 47 is very professional so it ensures both construction progress and quality,” said Mr. Doan Van Luyen.