Shortage of Granite Supply Source
In last month since 10 Jan 2014, the granite supply source from Indonesia has been stop due to Indonesia’s government imposed restriction to export granite. It has been raised the concerned by many contractors and suppliers and BCA has been post and press media as government to put in measure to mitigate the granite supply disruption.
There will be may increase the impact to the progress of project if the supply disruption doesn’t improve after CNY and the new source of supply are unable to ramp up the supply. To temporary cushion the situation, Singapore Government has bee activated the stockpile from 5 Feb 2014 , and it is allow the main contractors submit the request to release the source. Meanwhile, BCA is facilitating on diversified the supply sources and allow importers explore new source to cushion the disruption.
The granite is the important raw material to make up the concreting works, main components for the road works etc. There is difficulty to find an immediate substitution with granite, thought there are source of recycle stone can be used, but limited in source. The main building structure is mostly designed and constructed in concrete.
There are not much can be done from the local contractors with such risk is unexpected. If the situation is prolong and not improve in next one or two months, this is not only impact on the existing project schedules, and will further increase in construction cost and in directly hurt the end users.
The industry shall work hand-in-hand with Government to mitigate the shortage raw material like granite by improving the source of supply and resolve the supply sources issues from Indonesia as soonest.
By QSoutsource 2014
P.S. Further question will be raised from the shortage of granite supply :
Can the Main Contractor claim for the delay due to the shortage of granite supply ?
Who to absorb the increase in concrete cost during the period of shortage of concrete?