A comprehensive review of delays in power transmission projects

Pall, Goutom K., Bridge, Adrian J., Skitmore, Martin, & Gray, Jason (2016) A comprehensive review of delays in power transmission projects. IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, 10(14), pp. 3393-3404.

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The power transmission (PT) system is at the very heart of the power industry and which is vital to the development of a country. Delays in PT projects have a significant adverse effect on the economic development of a country and although billions of dollars are invested globally in PT projects, costly delays are common. Despite the critical nature of PT, the literature relating to the causes of delays is embryonic, with no theoretical or empirical studies yet conducted to establish the factors involved. This paper presents a first step in rectifying this situation. A total of 74 published articles are reviewed that are most closely related to PT projects in order to identify their likely causes of delay. As a result, 82 potential causes of delay are identified and classified into nine major groups. The causes are then ranked in terms of their frequency of occurrence in the literature. Finally, conclusions are drawn concerning the extent to which this review and analysis may form a theoretical framework that can be tested empirically, as well as providing crucial information with recommendation to PT project stakeholders to achieve their key targets including the realisation of the benefits involved.

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ID Code: 96728
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Project delays, Time overruns, Power transmission projects, Delays attributes, Causes of delays
DOI: 10.1049/iet-gtd.2016.0376
ISSN: 1751-8695
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Institution of Engineering and Technology
Copyright Statement: This paper is a postprint of a paper submitted to and accepted for publication in IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution and is subject to Institution of Engineering and Technology Copyright. The copy of record is available at IET Digital Library.
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2016 22:24
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2017 01:45

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