Dominion Virginia Power has received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission to build a $1.3bn natural gas-fired power plant in Greensville County, Virginia.Greensville Power Station will be constructed on a 55-acre site that is situated on either side of the Greensville/Brunswick County line. It will generate 1,588MW of electricity, enough to supply to 400,000 customers.The plant will be just a few miles away from Dominion's Brunswick Power Station, which is expected to be fully operational in April 2016.The power plant will have low carbon intensity as it will utilise clean-burning natural gas, combined cycle technology and competent control technology to reduce emissions. It will also have lower water usage that will minimise the impact to rivers and streams.Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin later in 2016. The project will create over 1,000 construction jobs and about 45 full-time vacancies once operational in 2019. Dominion Generation Group CEO Paul Koonce said: "This project will ultimately bring low cost, reliable electricity to our customers while saving them $2bn over the life of the plants' operation, in addition to providing a major economic impact and good-paying jobs for Southside Virginia."
Kenya Railways has signed a contract with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) for the construction of the Naivasha-Malaba Standard Gauge Railway line under the Kenya SGR Developments Project valued at KES549bn ($5.4bn).A protocol for the development of a standard gauge railway connecting the port of Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Juba was signed and ratified by Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.Kenya is developing the Mombasa-Malaba section of the entire proposed network to Kigali through Uganda. Construction on the Mombasa to Nairobi section is at an advanced stage.The commercial contract will include four elements: the Naivasha-Kisumu section; Kisumu Malaba section; Kisumu Port Development; and modernisation and expansion of the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Embakasi in Nairobi.The contract will allow the two companies to jointly conduct a feasibility study for the Nairobi to Malaba section of the project; facilitate transfer of technology; and create skills and capacity for construction, maintenance and operation of the railway upon completion.The Kenyan government has secured a $1.5bn loan from the Chinese government to support the development of Phase 2A between Nairobi and Naivasha. Construction on the project will begin by the end of 2016.
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) has awarded the first viaduct work package for the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line in Malaysia.The contract worth MYR1.44bn ($360.9m) for Work Package V202 was awarded to Ahmad Zaki, a unit of Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad. Work Package V202 was reserved for Bumiputera contractors. The SSP Line is 52.2km in length, of which 13.5km will run underground. It will have 37 stations, 11 of them underground. In total there are 66 work packages being tendered for the construction of the SSP Line, including 10 viaduct guideway packages.The scope of the contract will include the construction and completion of the viaduct guideway and other associated works for a 4.5km stretch of the SSP Line elevated guideway from Persiaran Dagang to Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur.Currently Ahmad Zaki is a work package contractor for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line for Work Package V6, and therefore was pre-qualified to tender for viaduct work packages for the SSP Line.MRT Corp CEO Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar said: “With this award, construction of the SSP Line is truly on the way.“The Bumiputera participation target set by the government was increased to 45% of the total value of all work packages for the SSP Line, up from 43% for the SBK Line. I believe we have started off on a good footing by awarding first to a Bumiputera contractor.”
Developers Ashfield Land and local house builder Kirkwood Homes have submitted plans to Aberdeenshire Council for a new £150m mixed-use development.The site for the proposed construction is located five miles north of Aberdeen. It was allocated for future development in the 2012 Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan (LDP). If approved, the plans will bring to life the Blackdog Masterplan that was approved by the council in 2013, calling for a new town centre with business space and substantial additional housing.Ashfield Land and Kirkwood Homes have been refining the proposals since late 2015, and after detailed consultation with local residents and community representatives.The proposed development will include the construction of a new town centre, with around 600 homes, including 150 affordable homes, to accommodate around 2,100 residents.It will also include offices, industrial accommodation, a regional food hall, a supermarket, a petrol station, a hotel, a cinema, shops, a park and ride facility and also a primary school.Subject to Aberdeenshire Council’s approval, construction will begin in early 2017 and will be delivered in partnership with major stakeholders including Aberdeenshire Council and the local community.The project is expected to create 1,200 jobs during construction and 1,500 full time jobs after completion.
Novo Nordisk, a healthcare company, has started construction on its new $1.8bn diabetes medicine production facility in Clayton, North Carolina.The construction site is located next to the company’s existing 457,000 sq ft Clayton facility, which has been expanded several times since its inception in 1996. The new plant will measure 833,000 sq ft and have a footprint of 417,639 sq ft.Upon fully operational in 2020, the facility will produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for a range of Novo Nordisk's current and future GLP-1 and insulin medicines.It is anticipated that the project will require to 2,500 construction workers at its peak, and will create nearly 700 new permanent jobs.Novo Nordisk president and CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen said: "As the prevalence of diabetes has grown in the US, so too has the demand for effective treatments."It gives me great pride to break ground on our new facility site in Clayton where we have an existing, strong organization. This site will play a vital role in enabling us to meet the needs of people living with diabetes in the US for years to come."
The board of directors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) has chosen to award a $108m contract to O.C. Jones & Sons for the construction of a 9.5-mile roadway project in California.The scope of the contract will include the construction of the infrastructure and station platforms for AC Transit’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, which is being developed in three separate projects. O.C. Jones & Sons received the contract for the third project.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has approved and agreed to participate in Clean Line Energy Partners’ Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project.Estimated to cost $2.5bn, the project is due to be the largest clean energy infrastructure project in the US. It will offer 4,000MW of low-cost, clean power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to customers in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast through a 705-mile direct current transmission line. The power generated is expected to be sufficient for over one million American households.The project will be entirely funded by private investment, and is anticipated to create thousands of jobs in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee. It will include the construction of a 500MW converter station in Arkansas.Clean Line Energy Partners president Michael Skelly said that the regulatory nod will allow construction work to begin in 2017.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has revealed plans to construct 64 substations over the next three years.The project, which will be carried out in association with various developers in the Emirate, will cost an estimated AED6.7bn ($1.8bn).The 132/11kV substations will be connected to existing electricity networks.DEWA MD and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “In line with the directives of our wise leadership to achieve sustainable development for the whole community, DEWA is working to develop an integrated electricity infrastructure that performs to the highest levels of quality and efficiency.“DEWA has adopted a long-term strategy to increase the efficiency and reliability of its existing infrastructure by keeping up to date with the latest technological advances and best international practices in electricity and water.”The projects associated with this strategy are being currently implemented and are expected to be completed before mid-2018.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) has signed an agreement with the municipal government of Nanjing, China to invest $3bn in building an advanced silicon wafer plant in Nanjing.The new facility in Nanjing’s Pukou Economic Development Zone will have a capacity to manufacture 20,000 12-inch semiconductors, or wafers, per month. The investment would also support the construction of a design service centre.TSMC chairman Morris Chang said: “With our 12-inch fab and our design service center in Nanjing, we aim to provide closer support to customers as well as expand our business opportunities in China in step with the rapid growth of the Chinese semiconductor market over the last several years. “We look forward to stronger collaboration with our customers to further expand our market share in China.”
The multi-billion-dollar expansion of the Panama Canal is set to open on 26 June 2016.The project includes expansion of the 50-mile long waterway to manage increased levels of traffic and bigger cargo ships. Work involves construction of two new sets of locks, one each on the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean sides, excavation for new entrance channels to the new locks, widening and deepening the existing channels, as well as raising the water level of Gatun Lake.The project, which began in 2007, was initially scheduled to be completed in October 2014. It has however been delayed owing to construction, labour, and legal issues, as well as discovery of fissures in one of the widened locks.Work on the expansion is currently 97% complete.Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano said: "The dream of expansion will become a reality when we inaugurate the biggest infrastructure project in the history of the Canal and the country of Panama."
Construction work is set to start next month on a £800m new community development in Aberdeen after the UK government pledged £86m in funding for the project.The project, which received in principle planning approval from Aberdeen City Council in October 2014, will be built by Stewart Milne Group over 15 years. Work will involve the construction of new housing, schools, healthcare and parks at the Countesswells site. Mobilisation and compound facilities will commence this month, with infrastructure works expected to begin in April. The first homes are expected to be available later in 2016. The project is anticipated to create 1,000 construction jobs.Stewart Milne group managing director homes John Slater said: “Countesswells is an important project that will deliver a vibrant new community for Aberdeen that will include three new schools, medical facilities, leisure, retail, commercial & business accommodation and a wide range of homes, from first time buyer apartments and young family homes to townhouses and executive villas, all contributing to Aberdeen’s attractiveness as a place in which to live and work.”
Network Rail has unveiled an investment programme worth more than £800m to develop London Waterloo station over the next three years.The project will include the reconstruction of the former Waterloo International Terminal that will enable platforms 20-24 to be brought back into use with modern facilities, new track and signalling, as well as a construction of a spacious concourse near the platforms.Plans also include longer platforms at ten stations, upgrades to depots and maintenance facilities, a new fleet of Siemens-built Class 707 trains, and installation of new technology in trains.The project is anticipated to increase peak time capacity by 30% by 2019. Majority of the upgrades are being financed by the Department for Transport as part of Network Rail’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan.Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “We are investing £40 billion in our nation’s railway infrastructure - the biggest upgrade since the Victorian times.“From 2017, passengers will benefit from a bigger and better London Waterloo station and 150 new train carriages providing more space for passengers arriving at London Waterloo over the three-hour morning peak - this is in addition to the 108 extra carriages that have already been added since 2013.”
Balfour Beatty has received a £170m two-year extension to its Track Partnership contract for London Underground.Balfour Beatty Rail secured the original Track Partnership contract in 2010 to provide essential track renewal work across the London Underground network. The extension will take the contract to March 2018.The company will continue to offer design, labour, plant, and materials, alongside surveying, supervision and management of the works.The scope of the contract will include the installation of points and crossings, as well as ballasted track renewal. The company will also be responsible for associated drainage, signalling, traction power and conductor rail works.Balfour Beatty Group Leo Quinn CEO said: “With world-class expertise in track, electrification and power supply systems, Balfour Beatty Rail is a significant player in the UK rail infrastructure market.“We have utilised these market-leading skills and expertise working with London Underground over the last 13 years. This extension is a clear sign of London Underground’s confidence in the capability of Balfour Beatty within the Track Partnership.”
Emirates Aluminium Rolling (Emiroll) is set to invest about AED440m ($119.7m) for the construction of an aluminium rolling plant in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, UAE.Emiroll is a joint venture between Dubal Holding with a 35% stake, Dubai Investments with a 30% holding, and Singapore-based industrial group MARS with the remaining 35% stake. The plant, spread out on 900,000 sq ft of land, will be used to manufacture 65,000 tonnes of aluminium coils annually, comprising 45,000 tonnes of cold-rolled and 20,000 tonnes of hot-rolled aluminium for applications in downstream industries.Construction of the plant will commence soon, with the facility expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017.Dubal Holding CEO Abdulnasser Bin Kalban said: “Dubal Holding has kept its focus firmly on a diverse growth strategy, and this joint venture with Dubai Investments and MARS for Emiroll aims at creating new demand for aluminium in the rapidly-growing downstream industries across the region. “Dubal Holding’s stake in Emiroll is a significant milestone in its growth plans, as it seeks to strengthen its presence in aluminium sector globally.”
Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) construction division has secured several contracts worth INR32.05bn ($480m) across its various businesses.Of these, INR20.18bn ($302.2m) worth of contracts have been awarded to the company's buildings and factories business.These include a contract from a Mumbai-based developer for a turnkey high-rise residential project. The scope of the contract will include civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and finishing works for six towers, each rising 55 to 60 floors.The business has also secured additional orders from several existing customers for the development of commercial and residential spaces.The power transmission and distribution business has won contracts worth INR7.1bn ($106.3m).In the company's domestic Indian market, the business has secured a turnkey contract from Powergrid Southern Interconnector Transmission System to build a 400kV double circuit transmission line linking Cuddapah to Madhugiri, as well as another contract from Power Grid Corporation of India for the construction of a 765kV double circuit transmission line at Cuddapah.In the international market, Larsen & Toubro (Oman) has secured a turnkey contract from Oman Electricity Transmission Company to build 400kV reactor transformers and associated works at Sur and Izki substations.
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has commenced construction work on a new substation project in Monmouth County, New Jersey.The project, part of JCP&L's multi-year $250m transmission system reliability enhancement program, is estimated to cost $124m. Nearly $97m will be spent for the project in 2016.Work will include the construction of a new 16-mile, 230kV transmission line along existing right-of-way with steel pole construction to connect JCP&L substations in Howell and Neptune. The project will also involve the reconstruction of an existing 230kV transmission line connecting substations in Colts Neck and Neptune using steel poles, as well as installation of new equipment in the substations such as circuit breakers and remote-control communications equipment. The new transmission line is due to be operational by June 2017.JCP&L president Jim Fakult said: "This transmission project will make our system in Monmouth County more resilient and help meet the growing demand for electricity in the region. "Along with the greater redundancies provided by the new transmission line, the high-tech substation devices we plan to install will give us the ability to operate the system remotely, automatically resetting the equipment instead of having to send a line crew to investigate the cause of the problem."
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted a $123.3m loan to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) of Manila to build a new water tunnel in Manila, Philippines.The proposed tunnel will stretch over 6km in length, with an internal span of about 4m. It will be an intake structure at the Ipo reservoir, and a new transition basin at Bigte, with connecting infrastructure. The project will implement structural measures to minimise impact of earthquakes and other hazards, and environmental degradation. ADB Southeast Asia Department senior urban development specialist Paul van Klaveren said: "The Angat transmission system provides more than 95% of Manila's water but its existing tunnels are up to 75 years old and in poor condition, leaving the metropolitan area highly vulnerable to serious supply disruptions.“This assistance will allow the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System to build a fourth tunnel, clearing the way for it to upgrade and modernize its other existing tunnels and aqueducts to maximize and strengthen supplies.”
GS Engineering & Construction has secured a contract worth about SGD1.99bn ($1.4bn) from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore for the construction of East Coast Integrated Depot and its reception tunnels.East Coast Integrated Depot will integrate three train depots and one bus depot in a 36-hectare site. The depot will have a capacity to accommodate about 220 trains and 550 buses, and will be used by the LTA for stacking the train depots for the East-West Line (EWL), DTL and TEL. In addition, LTA has awarded contracts worth nearly SGD1.31bn ($962.7m) for the construction of Siglap and Bayshore stations along Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) and Xilin station along Downtown Line 3 Extension (DTL3e).A John Holland–Zhen Hua (Singapore) Engineering joint venture has won a SGD176m ($129.3m) contract for the construction of the Siglap station. A Woh Hup (Private)–Shanghai Tunnel Engineering (Singapore) joint venture has received a SGD296m ($217.5m) contract for construction of Bayshore station and its associated tunnels. Both Bayshore and Siglap stations will serve as civil defence shelters along TEL’s East Coast stretch.Samsung C&T has secured a SGD834m ($612.8m) contract for the construction of Xilin station and its associated tunnels, and reception tunnels to the depot.Construction work on the projects is scheduled to begin by the second quarter of 2016. Works on Siglap and Bayshore stations are expected to be completed in 2023, with Xilin station and East Coast Integrated Depot expected to be completed in 2024.
Arabtec Construction has won a contract worth AED1.7bn ($462m) from the UAE federal government to build villas for UAE nationals in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Fujairah.The scope of the contract will include the construction of 1,100 villas on a 215-hectare plot, including 300 five-room villas, 700 four-room villas, and 100 villas for widows or small families.The project will have a total built-up area of 430,000 sq m. Construction work is expected to commence immediately and will be completed in about two-and-a-half years.Arabtec Holding acting CEO Saeed Mohamed Al Mehairbi said: “We are proud that the Ministry of Presidential Affairs has chosen Arabtec to execute this project of national importance.”
Network Rail has announced plans for a £340m project to upgrade railway in Liverpool City Region over the next three years.The project will include new and longer platforms at Liverpool Lime Street station, a new station at Maghull North, renovation of the Newton-le-Willows station, track renewal on the Merseyrail underground loop, laying of additional track between Huyton and Roby, and upgrading the Halton Curve to support new services between Liverpool and Chester.It will also include the construction of a new bus interchange, extended car park facilities, a new booking hall on the south side of the station, as well as new lifts, subway and stairs.The majority - £229m - of the funding for the project will be provided by Network Rail, while the remaining will be funded by the Liverpool City Region.The upgrades form part of Network Rail's nationwide Railway Upgrade Plan in response to rise in demand for rail services.Network Rail route managing director Martin Frobisher said: “Our aim over the next three years is to give the people of Liverpool the high-quality rail services they deserve.“With demand for rail travel expected to rise by 100 per cent over the coming years, these improvements are vital for the future growth and prosperity of this great city region.”