Smithfield Foods has unveiled plans to build a new distribution centre and expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina.
Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) has unveiled plans to build a new manufacturing campus in Southeastern Wisconsin, US that will entail an investment of $10bn.
Vaquero Midstream, a US-based company engaged in designing, building, and operating midstream infrastructure for oil and gas producers, has inked an agreement with its bank group to increase their revolving line of credit from $40m to $95m.
Facebook is set to build a new high-tech data centre in New Mexico, US with an investment of approximately $250m.
Emerson, a US-based technology and engineering firm, has announced plans for a $100m project to revamp and expand labs and offices at its existing one-million-square-foot facility in Sidney, Ohio.
Lincoln Property Company and Alcion Ventures have secured $141.6m construction loan to develop the first phase of their planned creative office campus in Tustin, California.
KBJ, a joint venture (JV) of Kiewit Energy Group, Black & Veatch Construction, and JGC US Projects, has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Jordan Cove LNG to engineer and construct an LNG export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) has bagged an EPC contract worth $200m to establish two LNG storage tanks for Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass export facility in Southwest Louisiana, US.
Germany-based luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled its plans to invest $600m to expand its Spartanburg manufacturing plant in South Carolina, US.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada has broken ground on an expansion of its conference centre.
US-based retailer Costco has broken ground on a $300m chicken processing facility in Fremont, US that is expected to generate overall $1.2bn in economic activity in Nebraska.
Skanska has signed a $1.26bn contract with Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) and developers Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust to transform the James A Farley Post Office in New York into a train hall and commercial complex.
Triple Five Group of Companies has closed on its $1.67bn private construction financing for the American Dream project in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Professional services firm KPMG has broken ground on its new $400m learning, development, and innovation facility in the Lake Nona community of Orlando, Florida.
Stream Data Centers, a US-based data centre developer and operator, has been selected by U.S. Bank for the construction of a $250m data centre in Minnesota, US.
A selection of current construction work and studies shows hydropower’s wide range, says Patrick Reynolds. Numerous hydropower and pumped storage projects are in construction or planning across the globe, and International Water Power & Dam Construction (IWP&DC) briefly notes progress and developments on a selection in Asia, Europe, North America and South America, and also the Middle East.A major hydropower scheme that is well advanced is the Ulu Jelai project, in Malaysia. Being constructed by Salini Impregilo, the project involves significant surface and underground works.Both surface and underground works feature in the Foz Tua pumped storage project, in Portugal, and which is also at an advanced stage. The project involves construction of a 108m-high double-curvature arch dam.Developing hydropower where a new dam is not needed, efforts are pushing ahead in the US to exploit existing lock and dams structures, such as the run-of-river projects being undertaken by power company American Municipal Power (AMP) on the Ohio River. The plants under construction include 72MW Smithland.Statkraft may give the go-ahead this year for two run-of-river projects in Chile, following an acquisition in 2015. However, following a recent review of its investment programme it has yet to decide what action it will take.Many further projects are coming, and a few among those include recent awards for consultants MWH Global and ÅF, respectively, in South America, Europe and the Middle East.Malaysia: Ulu JelaiConstruction of the 383MW Ulu Jelai hydropower project, in Malaysia, has been underway since 2011 and is well advanced, including the recent milestone completion of the Susu roller compacted concrete (RCC) dam.Ulu Jelai is being developed by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Pahang state, approximately 200km north of the capital Kuala Lumpur. It is one of five hydro projects being built at present to help stabilise the power grid.The project is located on Bertam River, and involves major dam and tunnel works. The rated net head of the scheme is approximately 360m.Key features of the project include the Susu reservoir on Bertam River, and to which water is conveyed by transfer tunnels from the Lemoi and Telom rivers, running on opposite sides of the main river. Lemoi and Telom are tributaries of Bertam and naturally join the main river downstream of the project location but are being tapped with offtake weirs at higher elevations. The tunnels have lengths of 7.5km and 8.5km, respectively.Water flows from Susu reservoir down a 9.5m-diameter unlined headrace tunnel to the underground powerhouse complex, holding a pair of 191MW Francis turbines. Ulu Jelai is expected to generate approximately 326GWh of electricity annually.Salini Impregilo is main contractor on the scheme, which is nearing completion.The Susu RCC dam is more than 80m-high with a crest length of 512.5m. Its volume is approximately 750,000m3, the contractor said.The volume of other concrete works on the project is approximately 190,000m3. Surface excavations and earth moving has involved more than 3M m3 of material.Underground construction has been performed by both TBM boring and drill and blast excavation. In total, the project has called for excavation of 26km of tunnels and also the powerhouse cavern complex. The TBMs were used to bore 15km of tunnels, and 11km of excavation of undertaken by drill and blast.Salini Impregilo notes that the total underground rock excavation is approximately 800,000m3.
Real estate groups RocaPoint Partners and The Georgetown Company have broken ground on a new $370m mixed-use development in Georgia, US.
The company covers areas including water and energy projects, skyscrapers, the planning of new cities, infrastructure and travel links, and public spaces. It provides design and build capabilities, financing, and project management.