IPI considers requesting deadline extension

A lawyer representing Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC told the Commonwealth Casino Commission last week that they are planning to propose an extension to resort completion deadline, local media reports.

IPI general counsel Philip J. Tydingco on Thursday told CCC commissioners that he would be recommending that the Aug. 31, 2018, deadline for the completion of the casino-resort be extended.

Tydingco said the recommendation is not politically influenced, but was made “given what the engineers and the contractors say we can achieve in a safe engineering manner.”

“[It] should be done in a safe engineering and constructional manner, so that is sort of the guiding principal,” said Tydingco.

A progress report submitted by IPI showed that construction work had slowed down significantly since its prime contractor, MCC International, left the island for hiring illegal workers.

IPI’s Eric Poon said they are working to bring workers on board as soon as possible, adding that IPI is currently in talks to add more shifts in a day to complete the construction by the August deadline.