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Causes of Construction Delay in Petrochemical Projects in KSA

Version 1 : Received: 13 May 2018 / Approved: 14 May 2018 / Online: 14 May 2018 (12:23:50 CEST)

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Alhajri, A.R.; Alshibani, A. Critical Factors behind Construction Delay in Petrochemical Projects in Saudi Arabia. Energies 2018, 11, 1652. Alhajri, A.R.; Alshibani, A. Critical Factors behind Construction Delay in Petrochemical Projects in Saudi Arabia. Energies 2018, 11, 1652.

Journal reference: Energies 2018, 11, 1652
DOI: 10.3390/en11071652

Abstract

This paper presents a study conducted to identify, assess, rank, and compare the most influencing factors causing schedule delay during construction phase of petrochemical projects in Saudi Arabia. The methodology followed in this research to achieve the main aims is a combination of comprehensive review of the literature and interviewing number of local experts, which have resulted in identifying of 23 factors. Through a web-based questionnaire survey, the identified factors were ranked. Total of 90 completed responses were gathered from 106 received responses. The completed responses gathered from 38 contractors and 52 owners. Of 90 participants, there are 32 project managers, 22 project engineers, 7 construction supervisors and the other 31 having different positions in projects departments The study has found that the most influencing factors causing schedule delay during construction in petrochemical projects in Saudi Arabia are “Poor site management and supervision by contractors”; “Conflict between main contractor and subcontractor”; “poor planning and scheduling of projects by contractor”; “Delay of material or equipment delivery”; and followed by “Delay in Handing Over Construction Site to Contractor”. This paper is original in the sense that the areas of knowledge and practice covered in the identified factors were distributed and not available in one source. The factors are derived from personal interviews with selected project managers, project engineers, construction supervisors and the others from different positions in project department and from the relevant literature.

Subject Areas

petrochemical projects; critical factors; schedule delay

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