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14 January 2019

Legal case underway over materials testing for Chinese bridge

First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com

A legal dispute has arisen regarding some of the materials testing processes carried out for the landmark Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project.

The argument is focusing on whether or not 12 technicians manipulated the results of testing concrete samples taken from the bridge during construction. It is alleged that managers of the test facility told the technicians to change the time settings on the equipment carrying out the tests, due to samples not being tested within the eight hour time period required.

There are also allegations that some of the test samples did not perform to the specifications of the project and that these results were also manipulated. The tests being investigated were carried out between 2012 and 2017 as the bridge was being built.

The Chinese Government has taken major steps in recent times to crack down on corruption, imposing heavy penalties on those found guilty of the most serious offences. Given the high status of this landmark bridge engineering project, it seems likely that should anyone be found guilty, they will be penalised heavily by the Chinese authorities.

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