The North Dakota Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead to a $250M wind farm project in Hettinger and Stark Counties, North Dakota.The Brady II Wind Energy Center will have a capacity of about 150MW and will comprise up to 72 wind turbines that are expected to be located in Hettinger County. Underground electrical collection systems and cables are expected to be located in Stark County.The project will cover an area of about 17,762 acres in northern Hettinger County and nearly 2,554 acres in Stark County. Permanent structures are expected to cover an area of about 74 acres during operation.Commissioner Brian Kalk said: “Each wind project is unique in some way and the Commission continues to work through issues within our jurisdiction to find the best solution for each project and at the same time respecting the role of the counties in the process.“As wind projects continue to come before us, we are committed to continue working with the Association of Counties to plan ahead for all types of energy development.” The new facility will be located adjacent to the southern boundary of the 150MW first Brady Wind project that secured the Commission’s approval last month. It will feature up to 87 turbines in Stark County.
Italian company Saipem has secured EUR1.5bn in contracts and variation orders for engineering and construction (E&C) at offshore projects, including the field development project for the Zohr gas field. Saipem bagged an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract from Petrobel for the accelerated start-up of the Zohr gas field project off the Egyptian coast in the Mediterranean Sea. The scope of the work includes the installation of a 26-inch gas export trunkline as well as 14-inch and 8-inch service trunklines. The company will also carry out EPCI work for the field development in deep water — up to 1700m — of 6 wells as well as installation of the umbilical system. Petrobel, a joint venture between Eni and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, is responsible for the development of the Zohr project on behalf of PetroShorouk — a joint venture between Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company and Eni.Saipem’s CEO Stefano Cao said: “We are very pleased to have been selected for the important objective of delivering first gas from Zohr before the end of 2017. “We will mobilize a fleet of vessels with last-generation capabilities, and leverage on our proven expertise and consolidated presence in the area, in order to ensure our clients achieve their targets.”Work on the project is expected to commence in July 2016 and be completed by the end of 2017.
John Mcaslan + Partners is developing proposals for Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London.The project’s priority is to reinstate all fire-damaged elements of the mosque — to be the largest in Western Europe — as it was destroyed in a fire in 2015. The proposals also include a new façade, courtyard space, increased accommodation, as well as vehicle and pedestrian entrances.Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK national president Rafiq Hayat said: “John McAslan + Partners are world renowned architects and the proposed design reflects their high standard of creativity and expertise that is also shaping how we can better manage the flow and space in and around the complex.”John McAslan, John McAslan + Partners chairman said: “We are honoured to have been given this prestigious opportunity to design a long-term, strategic masterplan for the Baitul Futuh Mosque, which serves one of Europe’s most significant Muslim communities.”The mosque is set to the largest in Western Europe.
American oil giant Chevron has given the go-ahead to the $36.8bn Tengiz oil field expansion project in Kazakhstan.The Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project ((FGP-WPMP) is expected to raise crude oil production at the Tengiz oil field — owned and operated by Tengizchevroil (TCO), which is an affiliate of Chevron — by about 260,000 barrels daily.$27.1bn of the project’s cost will be used for facilities, while $3.5bn will be used for wells and $6.2bn for contingency and escalation. The project will make use of advanced sour gas injection technology, which has been successfully developed and proven during TCO’s expansion in 2008. Chevron’s chairman and CEO John Watson said: "The Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project represents an excellent opportunity for the company. The project builds on a record of strong performance at Tengiz and will add value for Chevron and its stockholders." Chevron Upstream executive vice president Jay Johnson added: "This project builds on the successes of prior expansions at Tengiz and is ready to move forward. It has undergone extensive engineering and construction planning reviews and is well-timed to take advantage of lower costs of oil industry goods and services." First oil is expected to be delivered in 2022.
Indian multi-national conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has started work on Mumbai Metro Line 3 project.The project, valued at INR52.7bn ($781.8M), will be carried by the heavy civil infrastructure business of L&T Construction in association with its partner STEC of China.Work will include design and construction of underground stations as well as associated tunnels for Package 1 and Package 7 of the development.The Package 1 will include construction of underground stations at Cuffe Parade, Vidhan Bhavan, Church Gate, Hutatma Chowk, along with associated tunnels.The Package 7 will include construction of underground stations at Marol Naka, MIDC and SEEPZ, as well as associated tunnels from International Airport to SEEPZ.L&T’s deputy managing director and president S. N. Subrahmanyan said: "This is a significant win in the heavy civil infrastructure space and we hope that this is a sign for many such projects involving vital infrastructure that are in the offing."This mandate is truly representative of our expertise in building metros as we are already building some major metro projects in India and Middle East. With the support of our partners, we are confident of delivering as per the requirements of our client."The project is scheduled for completion in 48 months.
Virginia’s proposed Atlantic Gateway project has received a $165M grant from the US Department of Transportation.The grant, allocated under the DOT’s FASTLANE program, will be combined with $565M in private investments and $710M in other transportation funds.The project is part of the $1.4bn state effort to ease traffic congestion on the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.The development will include the construction of 23km of new rail track, the extension of 95 express lanes for 11km north to the Potomac River and the extension of the 95 express lanes 16km south to Fredericksburg.Work will also involve the construction of a new southbound bridge on I-95 across the Rappahannock River, as well as new commuter parking, technology upgrades and new truck parking.Governor Terry McAuliffe said: “Winning this significant federal grant will allow Virginia to move forward on a project that will transform travel conditions and stimulate economic growth across our Commonwealth. Our administration worked with federal, state, local and private sector parties to submit a package of transportation improvements that will have far-reaching benefits for everyone who travels the Commonwealth, whether by car, bus or train.”Construction work will be carried out in phases, and portions will start as early as 2017.
Aecon has won two energy contracts from Union Gas and Spectra Energy in Canada.A $250M contract has been awarded to Aecon by Union Gas Limited for work on its Dawn-Parkway expansion project in Ontario, Canada. The scope of the work includes the construction of natural gas compressor facilities at its Bright, Dawn and Lobo compressor station locations.Construction work has commenced and is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2017.The second contract is a four-year Master Service Agreement (MSA) from Spectra Energy for pipelines facilities in Western Canada.The MSA contract involves construction work at Spectra’s compressor stations and related labour on pipeline facilities on the natural gas transmission system in British Columbia. Construction work is already underway.Aecon’s energy executive vice president Mark Scherer said: “Building partnerships and alliances forms the backbone of our business, and we look forward to working on these essential programs as we continue our strategic alliance with Union Gas and Spectra Energy in both Eastern and Western Canada.”
DONG Energy has been awarded the concession to build the Netherlands’ offshore wind farms Borssele 1 and 2 from Netherlands’ Minister of Economic Affairs.The wind farms will have a capacity of two times 350MW and will cover the annual power consumption of 1M Dutch households.The project will be located 22km from the coast of Zeeland province, with a water depth of 14-38m, and covering an area of 128.3sq km. DONG Energy’s wind power head and executive vice president Samuel Leupold said: “Winning this tender in a highly competitive field of bidders is another proof of our market-leading position and our business model which builds on continued innovation, industrialisation and scale. “With Borssele 1 and 2, we’re crossing the levelized cost of electricity mark of EUR 100 per MWh for the first time and are reaching a critical industry milestone more than three years ahead of time. This demonstrates the great potential of offshore wind.”The company will build the wind farms within four years with a flexibility of one year.
Carillion has secured a contract to build the first building of Birmingham’s transformational Paradise Scheme.The UK-based company is the phase one enabling and infrastructure contractor for the £500M mixed-use project, and has now been named as the contractor for the seven-storey contemporary building. The 16,000sq m ‘One Chamberlain Square’ will include a roof terrace on the sixth floor and restaurants and retail units on the ground level. Simon Dingle, Carillion’s operations director, said: “Paradise is a crucial project for the city and Carillion is very proud to be playing such a major role in its delivery. “We are looking forward to completing the enabling works on the site and being able to bring our considerable experience to construct One Chamberlain Square.”The Paradise scheme will involve the development of commercial, civic, retail, leisure and hotel space, as well as improving pedestrian access and enhancing public realm.The project is being developed through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership (PCLP) — a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council.
Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has awarded three work package contracts worth MYR1.38bn ($342.7M) to build the Sungai Buloh-Serdang Putrajaya (SSP) Line in Malaysia.The contracts include two system work packages and one advance work package.Colas Rail Consortium has been awarded MYR693.03M ($172.1M) system work package, SY205, for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of power supply and distribution system for the SSP Line. Sapura – EVD Consortium has won the second system work package, SY206, for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of communications, government integrated radio network, commercial telecom (Infra) and information technology system for the SSP Line. The contract is valued at MYR632M ($156.9M).SN Akmida Holdings has secured a MYR59.5M ($14.7M) advance work package for the construction and completion of Sungai Besi police quarters and other associated works.
Dubai-based Najibi Group has announced an AUD400M ($297M) ‘active lifestyle’ theme park in Australia.The development will include a ‘Wave Reservoir’, waterpark and extreme water sports facilities, an Olympic standard training centre, a 4-star hotel, a conference and exhibition centre, restaurants and retail outlets. Najibi’s executive chairman Talal Najibi said: "This project marks a major milestone in Najibi's strategy to diversify its interests and investments."We feel this is the right time to invest in Australia. The Sunshine Coast, Queensland is rife with opportunities, and we are confident that this project will be extremely successful."Construction on the project is scheduled to commence in 2017, and will create 2,000 direct and indirect jobs during its construction period.
French tyre company Michelin has unveiled plans to construct a new €450M production plant in Mexico.The 142,000sq m plant, to be located in León, Guanajuato, will produce high-end tyres for passenger cars and light trucks. The new facility, the group’s 21st in North America and 69th across the world, is expected to manufacture four to five million tyres annually during the initial production phase, ramping up gradually.Michelin Mexico’s director Mike Boggs said: “We’re pleased to strengthen our industrial presence in Mexico, thereby being able to satisfy the needs of North American car manufacturers and motorists looking for high-quality tyres that are perfectly adapted to their usage conditions.”Construction work is set to commence in the second half of 2016 with tyres expected to come off the production line in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Construction has commenced on Foster + Partners’ multi-million transformation of one of Stockholm’s oldest locks into a dynamic urban quarter in Stockholm, Sweden.The SEK12bn ($1.4bn) project, known as New Slussen, has been designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with the city of Stockholm.The project will replace the lock’s dilapidated water and transport infrastructure.The new masterplan offers an opportunity to readdress balance between road vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists while enhancing the public realm.The development will include a new civic quarter that will provide transport links alongside new public buildings, new restaurants, cafes and cultural amenities.It will also feature a ‘Water Plaza’ — a pedestrianised public space arranged around the new navigation lock and realigned quayside.Foster + Partners’ head of design Spencer de Grey said: “The City of Stockholm has truly embraced a wonderful opportunity to re-establish and reinforce the vital link between Stockholm’s central islands of Södermalm and the heritage site of Gamla stan, rehabilitating the historic fabric of the city while creating a lively new urban destination for all.“This is a once in a life time undertaking in a uniquely significant and spectacular setting. We are honoured and very proud to be a part of this incredible and visionary project.”
POSCO E&C has completed construction on a waste-to-power plant in Krakow, Poland.The plant, delivered for Krakow Communal Holding, was constructed in three and a half years.The $250M facility — the largest daily waste incinerating facility in Poland — is capable of processing 220,000t of household waste annually in an eco-friendly way.
Balfour Beatty has won a £170M contract to upgrade the baggage screening and handling systems for Heathrow Airport Limited in London. The project, awarded through Heathrow Airport Limited Delivery Integrator Framework to which Balfour Beatty was appointed in 2014, will include the upgrading and installing of a baggage screening and handling systems at Heathrow’s eastern baggage facility.The company will utilise the latest Building Information Modelling techniques to define the most efficient approach to design, manage logistics and to interface with live airport operations.Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group chief executive, said: “This contract award is testament to the strength of the partnership we have developed with Heathrow Airport Limited over the last 17 years. “The UK aviation sector is a core market for Balfour Beatty and we are delighted to play our part in helping Heathrow maintain its position as a leading travel hub and supporting local employment.”
UK-based commercial property developer Stoford announced that work has commenced on a new multi-million pound high-tech facility near Bournemouth Airport.The project includes the construction of a 15,000sq m unit, comprising 4,000sq m of offices and an 11,000sq m production unit, on a 10.64-acre site.According to the developer, forward funding for the project has been concluded with Global Gate Capital, together with its simultaneous acquisition of a nine-acre site form Bournemouth airport operator and owner MAG Property.Stoford’s joint managing director Matt Burgin said: “We are excited to unveil the plans for the facility at Aviation Business Park at Bournemouth Airport, in association with MAG Property. “The new development will bring a significant amount of investment to the south coast, providing new jobs and more opportunities for the surrounding area.”Rudy Sayegh, CEO at Global Gate Capital, said: “We are delighted to have completed this forward funding, our second with Stoford Developments in recent months, and we are looking to invest a further £100M in such property in 2016.”Planning was approved by Christchurch Borough Council last year after proposals were submitted by Stoford and the land owner MAG Property — the property and development arm of Manchester Airports Group (MAG).
Skanska has won a NOK735M ($88.3M) contract from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for the construction of a phase of E16 in Norway.The scope of the project will include the construction of new road and widening of existing road to two fields, 8.5m-wide, on an approximately 11km stretch between Bagn and Bjørgo. It will also include a 4.3km tunnel, a 150m-long bridge, several smaller bridges, underpasses and a junction.Work on the project will commence in August 2016 and will be completed by December 2019.
Italian construction firm Salini Impregilo has signed a framework agreement worth $3.9bn to construct a hydropower project in Tajikistan.The firm has been awarded the first lot of the project’s work, valued at $1.95bn, which includes the construction of a 335m-high rockfill dam with a clay core on the Vakhsh River. The dam will be located in Pamir — one of Central Asia's main mountain ranges.The agreement between Salini Impregilo and Rogun Hydropower Project, the state-run company that is coordinating the project, concerns the exploitation of the Pamir’s hydroelectric potential and include four lots. The three remaining lots are seen being assigned to the group by 30 September 2016.Upon completion, the project will include six turbines of 600MW each with a total installed capacity of 3,600MW — the equivalent of three nuclear power plants.
Dubai Parks and Resorts has started construction on the first Six Flags branded theme park in Dubai.The new park will be Dubai Parks and Resorts’ fourth theme park alongside Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, and Bollywood Parks Dubai.The AED2.6bn ($707M) project will be built on a 325,000sq m area with an opening day footprint of 186,000sq m.Six Flags Dubai will feature 27 rides and attractions for all ages across six themed zones. It will also include at least three world record breaking rides apart from six roller coasters, four aerial attractions, a 350m river rapids ride and three performance spaces.Dubai Parks and Resorts’ CEO Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi said: “We are delighted to announce that construction has commenced on the region’s first Six Flags-branded theme park.“This is the fourth theme park at our destination alongside Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai and it will help us strengthen the appeal of Dubai Parks and Resorts as a must visit destination in the region.“Six Flags is a very successful brand in other parts of the world and the introduction of this exciting theme park will further establish Dubai Parks and Resorts as the region’s largest leisure and entertainment destination.”The park is expected to open in late-2019.
CIMIC Group’s company Leighton Asia has secured an AUD320M ($240M) contract from the government of the Hong Kong to build a Columbarium and Garden of Remembrance.The company will be responsible for the construction of an eight‐storey columbarium building, a 4,800sq m garden, an access road and other ancillary facilities.The project is part of the government’s aim to meet the shortage of public spaces dedicated to the memory of the deceased.CIMIC Group’s executive chairman and CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “This contract award recognises the strength of the CIMIC Group’s diverse capabilities. Our building portfolio in Asia continues to grow and the Hong Kong government’s commitment to the development of public facilities means we are well positioned for future work.”Leighton Asia’s managing director Manuel Alvarez Munoz said: “Leighton Asia has built a strong working relationship with the Hong Kong government’s Architectural Services Department (ASD).“This will be our fifth project with the ASD, for whom we are also currently undertaking work on a hospital and border crossing facilities. We are pleased to be able to work with them again, particularly on a project so important to the local community.”Work on the project is anticipated to begin in July 2016 and will be completed in March 2019.