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.”
Brookfield Multiplex has been selected as the main contractor for Dubai-based real estate developer Omniyat’s One at Palm Jumeirah project in Dubai.The AED2bn project ($544.5m) project will include the construction of a 107,795 sq m building, comprising 23 floors.The building, located at the first plot on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah, will include 90 luxury apartments designed by Tokyo-based interior designer Super Potato. The apartments will incorporate high quality materials, finishes, joinery, kitchens, walk-in closets and bathrooms.The project will be divided vertically into three cores, with each core offering access to a maximum of two apartments per floor.The base of One at Palm Jumeirah will feature three swimming pools, a private yacht club, spas, gym, library, private cinema as well as landscaped areas designed by Vladimir Djurovic.The LEED Silver project is expected to be completed within two years.
Vinci has completed the extensions of the Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports in Cambodia.The projects, which entailed an investment of over $100m, will double the annual passenger handling capacity of the airports from 5m to 10m.Vinci said that the investments are designed to enable the airports to accommodate substantial air traffic growth. Over the past 20 years, the number of passengers has increased ten-fold, driven by the country’s dynamic economy and tourism sector.The projects were carried out within the framework of the concession held by Vinci Airports, in collaboration with Muhibbah.Vinci Construction Grands Projets started the expansion projects in 2013 and made use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in the projects for better safety performance and construction schedule compliance.
CPB Contractors has been appointed as the preferred contractor to design and build the second stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail project in Queensland, Australia.Estimated to cost $420m, the project will involve a 7.3km extension that will connect the existing light rail system at Gold Coast University Hospital station to heavy rail at the Helensvale station.Majority ($270m) of the funding for the project will be provided by the Queensland Government, with $95m to be provided by the Australian government and $55m from the City of Gold Coast Council. Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said: “The Palaszczuk Government is satisfied CPB Contractors is experienced, well-qualified and has the expertise to manage the design and construction of the second stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail system and deliver it in time for the 2018 Games.“Now we’ve announced the preferred contractors, early works on the light rail extension will able to start next month.“Once it is built, Stage Two will have the potential to carry 3,000 passengers per hour which will be critical to support the transport plan for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
The mayor of London has given the green light to the London Overground extension to the Barking Riverside project.Following the approval, Transport for London (TfL) will now apply to the government for a Transport and Works Act Order to start construction on the £263m project.Work will involve a 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line, delivering London Overground services to a new station at the Barking Riverside community.The project will be developed by Barking Riverside, which is a newly reformed joint venture between the GLA and London & Quadrant.The developers will provide £172m of the project costs, while the rest will be provided by TfL. Construction work is expected to start in late 2017, with train services starting in 2021.TfL managing director of planning Richard de Cani said: “Overwhelming support has been demonstrated throughout the consultation process for this extension of London Overground network to Barking Riverside.“We will now be moving this to the next step so that we can get construction underway. This vital new railway will breathe life into this area, enabling up to 11,000 vital new homes, along with healthcare and leisure services, to be delivered.”
Toshiba has announced plans to build a new semiconductor fabrication facility in Japan’s Mie prefecture.The new Fab 2 building will be built on land adjacent to the Yokkaichi Operations memory production complex in Mie prefecture. It will be used for expanded production of the company’s proprietary 3D flash memory product brand Bics Flash.Production requires needs a new clean room with dedicated equipment for the 3D process. The new facility will initially offer this space following its completion in the first half of fiscal 2016.The construction and equipment investment for the project is estimated to cost about JPY360bn ($3.2bn). The investment will take place from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2018. Final decisions on the construction timeline and facility investment will be made in fiscal 2016, with production due to start in 2018.
A Bouygues-led consortium has won a design-build contract from the Dover Strait Ports Company (Société des Ports du Détroit) for the Port of Calais extension project in France.Apart from Bouygues Travaux Publics, the consortium includes Colas Nord-Picardie, Spie Batignolles and Jan De Nul.The contract is valued at about €675m, with Bouygues Construction having a share of about €300m. The project will involve the construction of a new 3km seawall, a new 100-hectare harbour basin to the north of the existing facilities, three new ferry berths and a roll-on/roll-off berth inside the harbour basin.Work will also include 4m cubic metres of marine dredging for the new quays, development of new cross-Channel traffic reception capacities such as 44 hectares of parking facilities and roads and around twenty operational and reception buildings. Bouygues Travaux Publics CEO Philippe Amequin said: "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to play a part in the economic development of Nord - Pas de Calais - Picardie region with this project, which will provide it with a port infrastructure corresponding to its ambitions, both in terms of functionality and of quality of service."Our teams have been at work since the contract was signed, and they are already at the site carrying out the engineering studies that will result in the construction of a state-of-the-art port."
A consortium of Hock Seng Lee (HSL) has secured a contract worth MYR750m ($185.1m) for a wastewater treatment plant and the sewer network project in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.HSL said in a filing with the stock exchange that it owns 75% of the Kumpulan Nishimatsu Hock Seng Lee consortium.The contract has been awarded by the state government of Sarawak through Jabatan Perkhidmatan Pembetungan Sarawak for the Kuching city central wastewater management system.The scope of the contract will include the construction and commissioning of the plant, the main, secondary and tertiary lines, property connections, and the provision of the process plant and equipment.The consortium will also be responsible for related building works, as well as mechanical and electrical works. The project is anticipated to be completed and commissioned in six years.“The contract is expected to contribute positively to the earnings and net assets of HSL Group as the project progresses during the contract period. However, the transaction will not have any effect on the share capital and substantial shareholdings of HSL,” HSL said in a statement.
Fife College has secured the option to buy land for the construction of a new college campus on the Shepherd Offshore site on Dunlin Drive, Dunfermline, Scotland.The project, which forms part of a broader plan announced to improve College estates across Fife, is estimated to cost about £90m ($130.1m).Principal Hugh Logan said: “Our students’ needs are paramount when making decisions about our new campus. The new state-of-the-art college will be built around the requirements of our students, from location and accessibility to the layout, design and resources required.”Scottish government’s NPD Programme will provide £70m of the project funding, while the remaining amount will be procured from Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and college resources.SFC has already given the go-ahead to an outline business case for the use of the site for the college build. A full business case for the college project is expected to be considered later in 2016. “Transport links will also be an important factor and we will work with Fife Council and partners to ensure the new campus benefits from excellent transport links,” Logan added.
Técnicas Reunidas has secured a contract worth $800m from Pemex Transformación Industrial to deliver the second phase of the ultra low sulphur diesel project at the General Refinery Lazaro Cardenas in Minatitlan, Mexico.This phase will include the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of two new refining units - a diesel hydrodesulphurisation unit (30,000bpd) and sulphur recovery plant (150tpd). Expected to be completed within a 36-month period, this phase will also include upgrades to an existing hydrodesulphurisation unit, the corresponding auxiliary services, as well as the integration of the facilities outside battery limits for these plants. Técnicas Reunidas won a contract for the $50m first phase in September 2014. This phase involved the execution of an extended basic design, a detailed estimation of the investment cost and the purchase of long-term delivery equipment. The project is part of the development plans being carried out by Pemex Transformación Industrial within the Fuel Quality Project at their refineries across the country, and entails investment of $5.5bn. The works are expected to create 12,000 direct jobs and 31,000 indirect jobs.
Granite Construction has won a $209m contract for modification of the 59/20 interchange in Alabama, US.The scope of the contract, awarded by the Alabama Department of Transportation, will include the construction of the interchange at I-59/20 and I-65 on the northwest side of the Central Business District in Birmingham.In addition, work will involve the construction of new direct connector bridges to downtown, widening of existing bridges, replacement of crossover bridges, and upgrades to main lane pavement.Construction on the project is expected to commence in early 2016, and will be completed by the end of 2018.
Birmingham City Council has revealed details of the £500m Birmingham Smithfield redevelopment project.Spanning 14 hectares, the development will include over 300,000 sq m of commercial floor space, as well as 2,000 new homes in a mix of two-, three- and four-bed apartments.The project will also feature new squares, parks and gardens, retail markets, leisure facilities, cafes, independent shops, restaurants and hotels, buildings for cultural events, and pedestrian boulevards. It is expected to create 3,000 jobs in the region.Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers said: “Birmingham Smithfield will have a transformational impact that capitalises on the area’s unique heritage and focus for markets.“It will radically enhance the city’s retail, visitor and residential offer, as well as unlocking the growth potential of a much wider area.”
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a €175m long-term loan for the construction of a new industrial combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kilpilahti, Finland. Estimated to cost €400m, the project will be developed by a joint venture between Borealis and Neste, alongside energy service company Veolia. Veolia will oversee the operation and maintenance of the plant. The project is being funded by the Nordic Investment Bank, BTMU, ING, Nordea, SEB and UniCredit. The new plant will supply heat to the oil refinery and chemicals plant on the site, and provide electricity to the grid.A total of four new steam and power generation assets will offer an installed capacity of 450MW thermal and 30MW electrical power. The new units will replace the old ones, enhance their environmental performance, as well as utilise industrial side streams such as asphaltene that would not be otherwise recovered for energy production. The facility will comply with the latest environmental regulations, and is projected to minimise carbon dioxide emissions by 20% after becoming operational during 2018.EIB vice president Jan Vapaavuori said: “The European Investment Bank strongly promotes energy efficiency and security of energy supply. Therefore, we are glad to foster the construction of the Kilpilahti power plant, which will offer long-term sustainable support to the largest concentration of oil refinery and petrochemical industries in the Nordic region. “The new plant will not only produce electricity and heat with higher efficiency and lower environmental impact, but also ensure a reliable supply of heat to on-site industrial consumers.”
Heathrow Airport has awarded contracts to Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend to help deliver its £16bn expansion project.The government’s independent Airports Commission recommended the expansion of the airport last July, stating that it could be done within environmental limits. “Heathrow’s expansion programme will focus on creating a world class, sustainable hub airport which is commercially attractive to both Heathrow’s shareholders and the airlines,” Heathrow said in a statement.The project is anticipated to boost UK economy by up to £211bn, as well as create 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships.The expansion is expected to commence soon after securing the go-ahead from the government.Heathrow director of procurement Ian Ballentine said: “I’m delighted that our client partners are now on board and I look forward to working with them to give the UK a truly world-class, sustainable hub airport. This privately-financed, £16bn project will benefit the whole UK as we work to widen the supply-chain right across the nation.”
Oman-based engineering and construction firm Galfar Engineering has secured a construction contract for an oil and gas processing facility worth OMR115m ($298.7m) from Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).The scope of the contract will include the construction of a new central processing facility at PDO’s Yibal Khuff project, located south-west of Oman’s capital Muscat. The company will also be responsible for civil, mechanical, electrical as well as instrumentation works. The contract will have a duration of more than 51 months."We expect reasonable income from this project," Galfar said in a bourse statement.
DTE Gas has announced plans to invest $1.4bn to modernise its natural gas pipeline infrastructure in Michigan over the next five years.The investment will be used to upgrade the company’s cast iron and steel main pipelines with newer and more durable material, as well as for installation of new service lines for homes and businesses. Over 100 miles of gas main lines are due to be replaced this year.Work will also involve the relocation of natural gas meters from the interior portion of homes and businesses and replacing them with modernised meters on the exterior, and upgrades to the compressor stations.DTE Gas president and COO Mark Stiers said: "Replacing older gas lines with the latest in pipeline material ensures that our natural gas system remains safe for our customers. The key to maintaining a safe pipeline system is our regular inspections and maintenance of the lines."
Developer Ballymore has received funding from British property investor M&G Real Estate for the construction of the £200m Three Snowhill development in Birmingham, UK.The office development, which will cover an area of 420,000 sq ft, is due to be the largest ever speculative city centre office project built outside London.The property will feature 385,000 sq ft of office space, 35,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, accommodating nearly 4,000 workers.BAM Construction was appointed as preferred contractor for the project in June 2015. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2018.Ballymore CEO Sean Mulryan said: “Ballymore is delighted to announce a start on the third and final phase of our Snowhill scheme. “Working with the city, our funding partner, M&G Real Estate, and our main contractor, BAM, we will deliver a landmark building and the final element of what is one of the largest and most prestigious commercial developments in central Birmingham.”