MOST OF the 4.8km of 750mm diameter gas pipeline which tore away from the Jamuna Bridge last month has now been recovered from the flooded river, sources in Bangladesh confirmed this week.
Investigations into the causes of the collapse are said to have been hampered by the fact that it occurred during darkness at 3am on the morning of 11 June, apparently during a long operation to fill the pipeline with water prior to hydraulic pressure testing (News last week). It is also said to be too early to tell if any of the recovered pipeline is re-usable.
High Point Rendel, which with NEDECO of the Netherlands and Bangladeshi Consultants make up the joint venture consultant supervising the £320M project, said last week that main contractor Hyundai had still not submitted a report into the accident. This is now said to be due 'some time this week'.
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