Gov­ern­ment ques­tions Kiewit’s com­mit­ment to Marys­town

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES MCLEOD

In a re­cent meet­ing be­tween Premier Kathy Dun­derdale and Kiewit CEO Bruce Grew­cock, she asked him a di­rect ques­tion: are you com­mit­ted to run­ning the Marys­town ship­yard?

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy, who was also in on the meet­ing, told me­dia in St. John’s Wed­nes­day the premier was po­lite but to the point.

“The premier, po­litely but firmly put it to the CEO: what is the level of com­mit­ment? Are you in­ter­ested in main­tain­ing the ship­yard in Marys­town?”

Kiewit had in­di­cated it could only build one of the mod­ules for the He­bron off­shore oil plat­form at its Marys­town fa­cil­ity - in­stead of two.

The prov­ince’s other ma­jor in­dus­trial fabricatio­n site - Bull Arm – is also tied up con­struct­ing an­other He­bron mod­ule. That means there’s a third mod­ule that will now likely have to be con- structed out­side the prov­ince.

Mr. Kennedy es­ti­mated that means a $60 mil­lion to $100 mil­lion project that po­ten­tially won’t be done in New­found­land and Labrador.

“There’s a lot of work in this prov­ince right now in ship­build­ing. We were con­cerned that maybe Kiewit weren’t as in­ter­ested in the work, as op­posed to try­ing to straighten up is­sues within their own ship­yard and to im­prove qual­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Mr. Kennedy in­di­cated Mr. Grew­cock as­sured them Kiewit is, in fact, in­ter­ested in run­ning Marys­town for the long haul. It just couldn’t han­dle two large mod­ules at the same time.

This isn’t the first time the is­sue of Kiewit’s com­mit­ment to Marys­town has come into ques­tion. Op­po­si­tion critic Yvonne Jones pointed out that last year the com­pany backed out of a fed­eral ship­build­ing con­tract be­cause it was too busy, only to lay off hun­dreds of work­ers a short time later.

James Mcleod Photo/the Telegram

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy ad­dressed the me­dia Wed­nes­day on a meet­ing with Peter Kiewit CEO Bruce Grew­cock in New York re­cently.

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