Fines issued for 2014 dam collapse at Da Dang hydroelectric plant in Vietnam

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Fines have been issued to an investor and five firms involved in the 2014 collapse of the dam being built to impound water for the 23-MW Da Dang small hydroelectric plant in Vietnam, according to Viet Nam News.

The newspaper reported that the Department of Construction of Lam Dong Province fined the Long Hoi Electricity Construction and Investment Joint-Stock Company, the investor, VND115 million (US$5,136) for choosing a low-skilled contractor, failing to supervise the construction based on regulations and not defining the detailed work for the companies involved in the construction.

In addition, the remaining five companies were fined VND20 million to VND90 million (US$893 to 4,020) each for not fulfilling their responsibility in designing, building and inspecting the construction work before approving it.

In the Dec. 16, 2014, collapse, a section of tunnel 20 meters long and about 500 meters from its opening was affected. Twelve workers were trapped for three days before being rescued in good health. Work was suspended at the US$22.4 million project (also called Da Dang-Da Chomo) on the Da Dang River and approved to resume in October 2015. “During construction, ground subsidence occurred and caused soil and sand to be swept by underground water into the tunnel while [underground construction] failed to tackle the problem,” said Vo Nhat Thang, chairman of Long Hoi.

The Department of Construction assists the provincial People’s Committee in implementing state administration in the fields of construction, architecture and construction planning, and much more.

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