An official inquiry alleges weak concrete and fraud in the construction of a hospital in Malta. The Mater Dei Hospital Accident and Emergency Department project involved multiple suppliers and the international firm Skanska, which oversaw construction and according to a report in Malta Today:
A damning report compiled by judge emeritus Philip Sciberras found that the “pervasive weak concrete found [within Block D1.1 and Block D1.3] is a result of intended fraudulent actions” ... [a] technical analysis carried out categorically indicated that the discrepancy in the concrete strength specified in the contract – from C30 to C18 – was not a consequence of normal wear and tear or bad maintenance, “but is rather the consequence of substandard material used in the site, and bad workmanship”. The inquiry concluded that the report be sent to the Attorney General and Police Commissioner, among others, after concluding that “widespread failing uncovered by the present day technical reports indicate that the pervasive weak concrete found in the site is a result of intended fraudulent actions”.
According to the investigation, the concrete suppliers were Mixer Ltd, Tal-Maghtab Construction Ltd, Blokrete Ltd and Devlands Ltd. A separate Malta Today report from May 26 claims that for it's part, Skanska has been removed from any future liability of the building after agreeing to drop more than €23 million in claims. However, it appears that the exact nature of any agreement is not clear. On June 2, the Malta Independent reported that Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said that the government still has the right to sue Skanska.
It does not appear that any of the suppliers involved, or Skanska, have made any substantial statements on the inquiry yet. International consultants estimate it will cost at least €35 million to make the hospital structurally sound.