India-based MBL Infrastructures has secured a road project worth INR7.79bn ($115M) from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).The company will deliver the project on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer basis. The scope of the project will include six laning of green-field proposed Udaipur bypass road in Rajasthan.During construction, 40% of the bid project cost amounting to INR3.11bn ($45.7M) will be financed by NHAI and the remaining 60% amounting to INR4.67bn ($68.7M) will be arranged by the concessionaire.The project is expected to be operational within 15 years, starting from the commercial operation date.
Ontario Province has announced the construction of three new GO train stations as part of Metrolinx’s GO Regional Express Rail (RER) expansion project in Canada.The stations, along the Barrie GO Transit line, will be built in Vaugham, Newmarket and Simcoe County. GO RER’s project will improve transit service across Greater Toronto and Hamilton area and includes electrification of core segments of the network by 2024. Through the Moving Ontario Forward plan, Ontario is investing $31.5bn over 10 years for transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects across the province.Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx’s president and CEO, said: “We are moving forward with the single-largest addition of new stations along the GO rail network since we started service nearly 50 years ago. “These new stations will bring improved transportation options closer to home to help everyone get where they need to go, faster and more efficiently.”
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $245M in loans and grants to the governments of Uganda and Rwanda to finance a transport project.In Uganda, the bank’s $151M loan will be used to support the construction of a 23.7km expressway, which will facilitate the journey between Kampala (Busega) and Mpigi on the Northern Corridor — a major trade route in the region.In Rwanda, the $94M bank loan will finance the rehabilitation of a 208km road in eastern Rwanda. The project also involves the construction of two cross-border markets at Kagitumba and Rusumo.Amadou Oumarou, AfDB’s Transport & ICT Department director, said: “The project will contribute to poverty reduction, improve the quality of life of people in the area by providing socio-economic facilities. “It will also contributes to agriculture development and food security; and facilitates industrialization through reduced transportation and logistics costs.”The overall cost of the project is estimated at $376.5M, and will be co-financed by AfDB ($244.6M), Japan International Cooperation Agency ($56.3M), European Union ($22.4M) and the governments of Uganda and Rwanda ($53.2M).
Cheshire East Council’s cabinet has given the go-ahead to the £90M Congleton link road in Cheshire, UK.The new 5.7km road will run to the north of the town, South of Eaton, and will link the A534 Sandbach Road with Sandy Lane, to the A536 Macclesfield Road — providing a new village crossing at the River Dane.The project is set to enhance connection with other major towns and the motorway network, and improve the residents’ quality of life — through traffic reduction and better air quality.Half of the link’s cost will be funded by the central government, while £23M will come from developers and the remaining £22M will be met by the council.The scheme will now be referred to the Secretary of State for communities and local government for a final decision on the planning application, allowing time for the Council’s next steps — land acquisition and appointment of a contractor.Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: "I am pleased that both Cabinet and the strategic planning board have reached these decisions."This is the biggest road infrastructure scheme undertaken by this Council and I know it will be of enormous relief to many people in Congleton to know that it is proceeding."The link road will relieve traffic congestion in Congleton and, as a result, will boost the local economy by opening up new sites for development and create new opportunities for businesses and workers."The project has the potential to create 3,400 jobs in the region.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a €150M loan for the construction of new sections of the D4 highway and the R7 expressway in the Slovak Republic.The project includes 27km of new sections from Jarovce to Ivanka Sever and Ivanka Sever to Rača of the D4 highway — part of the comprehensive Trans-European Network development programme. Together with the R7 expressway, they will provide a connection between the D1 and D2 highways.The 32km R7 expressway from Prievoz to Holice will connect the D4 and D1 highways and provide access to the city of Bratislava from the southeast.The loan is part of a larger financial package totalling €875M provided to the concessionaire Zero Bypass Limited under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Zero Bypass Limited — owned by Macquarie Corporate Holdings Pty Limited, Cintra Infraestructuras International and Porr AG — secured the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the newly-constructed segments of D4 and R7 for 30 years after an open tender process.Sue Barrett, EBRD director for transport, said: “This is a very important project and the EBRD is pleased to join forces with other financiers to make it happen. “The new road sections will play an important role in easing traffic congestion around Bratislava, open up access to other parts of the country and connect the Slovak Republic with Trans-European Networks.”
John Holland has been awarded a $324M early works package for Melbourne Metro in Victoria, Australia.John Holland will be responsible for excavating shafts in the centre of Melbourne as part of the preparation works for the tunnel and five new underground stations.The contract will also include the excavation of open shafts adjacent to Swanston Street to enable the underground construction of two new city stations built as part of the $10.9bn project.Excavation of the CBD North Station will include two shafts at Franklin and A’Beckett Street, which will be covered by acoustic sheds to minimise noise for neighbouring residents and offices.According to John Holland, the construction of CBD South will include the partial demolition of the car park underneath City Square.Other works in the package include the relocation and protection of up to 100 utilities, including gas, power and telecommunications services, and the 120-year-old brick main sewer line under the Domain interchange.Works are expected to commence within weeks, with work on the stations’ shafts to begin in 2017, after the completion of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) that is currently underway and the project’s formal planning approval.
India-based infrastructure firm Gayatri Projects has won an order worth INR7bn ($103.6M) from City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CDICO) for the Navi Mumbai airport.The scope of the work includes the development of land for the Mumbai International Airport Package-III project.Gayatri Projects said in a stock exchange filing: "The construction and development of airports will prove to be a major source of business for infrastructure companies, given that the Indian aviation sector is likely to see investments of over $120bn for the development of airport infrastructure and aviation navigation services over the next decade."According to the company, the project is in line with the management’s decision to follow an asset-light model and will further strengthen its position in the Indian construction market.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is set to break ground on a $2.4bn project to renovate the airport’s Terminal 1 (T1).Upon completion, the project is expected to meet or exceed the standards of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 Boarding Area E.The project, expected to receive a LEED Gold certification, will include the design and construction of T1’s north, south and central areas, a new Boarding Area B with enhanced passenger circulation and access to its 24 gates, new passenger loading bridges and new concessions and an improved Boarding Area C.It will also involve a new central area and a mezzanine with connections to the AirTrain and the Central Parking Garage.Work is set to commence in June 2016 and the terminal is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
The state government of New South Wales is set to provide $6.2bn for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project and $5.8bn for Sydney Metro Northwest.The announcement was made as the tunnels for Sydney Metro Northwest were handed over within budget and 10 months ahead of the schedule.The 2016-17 funding for Sydney Metro Northwest will be used for laying tracks and building eight new metro stations, for the procurement of Sydney’s new fully-automated metro trains and ongoing construction of the 4km skytrain.Work on the Sydney Metro Northwest, expected to open in the first half of 2019, has commenced with the laying of tracks. The 2016-17 funding for Sydney Metro City & Southwest will be used for the tender process for twin tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham and early construction work in 2017, including building demolitions, planning and design work.The first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground before the end of 2018, with services in the Sydney Metro City & Southwest expected to start in 2024.
Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) have achieved financial closure to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Purple Line project in Maryland, USA. The $5.6bn project, which includes a $2bn design-build contract, includes the construction of 21 stations along a 16.2-mile alignment extending from Bethesda, in Montgomery County to New Carrollton, in Prince George’s county.The closure includes $313M in ‘Green Bonds’ from Private Activity Bonds underwritten by JP Morgan and RBC Capital Markets and follows approval of a $874.6M Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the United States Department of Transportation last week.Herb Morgan, Purple Line Transit Partners CEO, said: “Purple Line Transit Partners is pleased to reach financial close on this important project.“This milestone, plus the recent Board of Works action approving the P3 contract, solidifies Maryland’s leadership in protecting and enhancing the state's fiscal integrity by advancing a public-private partnership project that will transfer construction, operation, maintenance and performance risks to the private partners all while ensuring riders and stakeholders receive improved mobility, environmental compliance and safety. “Our team is looking forward to working with Maryland communities to start construction later this year and deliver this innovative project at a fixed-price and on schedule."The Purple Line Transit Constructors team has began initial design and survey work with construction expected to start later this year and passenger service scheduled for early 2022. Following construction, Purple Line Transit Operators will provide 30 years of operations and maintenance services.
KTC Civil Engineering & Construction has secured a SGD418M ($311M) contract from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the construction of Sungei Bedok station and its associated tunnels. The new contract represents the last of nine major civil contracts for Thomson–East Coast Line (TEL) in Singapore.KTC Civil Engineering is currently involved in the construction of Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) Tampines station, as well as TEL’s Orchard Boulevard station.Sungei Bedok station, to be constructed as a civil defence shelter, will be an interchange station connecting TEL with the DTL. As part of the 43km-long TEL, the 13km East Coast stretch will also connect commuters to the Thomson stretch of the TEL, which serves the north-south corridor.The East Coast stretch, to be completed in two stages, will have nine stations, including one that will interchange with the Downtown Line at Sungei Bedok.The first seven stations from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore will be completed in 2023, while the remaining two stations will be finished in 2024.
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has approved a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan of $874.6M to Purple Line Transit Partners for the implementation of the Maryland Purple Line project. The 16.2-mile project includes 21 stations and connects many communities in Maryland, from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County.The project, owned by the Maryland Department of Transportation, will be implemented on a design-build-finance-operate-maintain basis.The project was procured as a public-private partnership under a concession agreement that was executed in April 2016, and expires about 30 years after substantial completion, which is expected in March 2022.
Ground has been broken on the $1.12bn NorthLink WA project to provide a non-stop transport between Morley and Muchea in Western Australia.The project will transform Tonkin Highway into a six-lane freeway between Guildford Road and Reid Highway, with new interchanges at Collier Road and Morley Drive, and a flyover at Benara Road.Other flyovers will be constructed at Beechboro Road North and Marshall Road, with interchanges at Hepburn Avenue, Gnangara Road and The Promenade at Ellenbrook. The first section of the project, which is being delivered by John Holland, includes the construction of the Collier Road and Morley Drive interchanges and the Benara Road flyover.Great Northern Connect, a joint venture between BGC Contracting and Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the next section between Reid Highway and Ellenbrook. The JV will oversee the design and construction of nearly 20km of highway, four interchanges, 14 road bridges and three footbridges. Construction work is expected to commence in early 2017.The overall project will create about 1,000 direct jobs.
Mott MacDonald has been chosen by the Centro American Corporation of Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) to lead a site study, design and masterplan for a new international airport in Costa Rica.The new metropolitan airport — to be located in Orotina, Alajuela — is part of the modernisation and growth of air transport in the country.The scope of the work, conducted by Mott MacDonald, involves technical, environmental and financial advisory and airport development planning — including traffic forecasting, infrastructure layout and terminal design. This is set to take 12 months, after which the consultancy firm will provide COCESNA with the infrastructure plans and associated financial requirements to develop the new airport. Mott MacDonald’s project director Horacio Rossi said: “The new airport will be a significant development for Costa Rica and support economic growth in the region. The additional capacity will enable an increase of international flights, benefitting both export and tourism.“Our experience consulting on Mariscal Sucre International Airport gave us specific expertise in developing new airports on Greenfield sites, as well as relocating a country’s main airport due to existing site expansion constraints. We are delighted to lead an integrated team on this project, which includes FSA, Enroute and Gensler.”The airport is expected to be complete in 2026.
LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) consortium has started construction on a new 130,000sq m Terminal B building at LaGuardia Airport in New York, USA.The consortium includes Vantage Airport Group, Skanska and Meridiam, together with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.The $4.2bn project will involve the construction of a 35-gate terminal, along with a new west parking garage and other supporting facilities.Work will commence with a roadway network and a new 3,000-space parking garage that will minimise congestion at the airport. The project design reflects the recommendations from the Governor’s Airport Advisory Panel, which includes the new light-filled central hall where passengers arrive, set to connect Terminals B and C.LGP and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have recently secured financing for the project.The new airport, expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, is set to open in 2018, with all portions of the redesigned Terminal B scheduled to open by the end of 2021. The project is expected to create 8,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs.
The €382M Kieldrecht Lock has been inaugurated at the Port of Antwerp in Belgium.Measuring 500m in length, 68m in width and 17.8m in depth, the Kieldrecht Lock is said to be the largest lock in the world.The new lock, which has been built over five years, is expected to strengthen the position of the Port of Antwerp as a major hub of the EU Trans- European Network (TEN-T).The European Investment Bank (EIB) has financed the project with a contribution of €160.5M.Antwerp Port Authority chairman Marc Van Peel said: “The Kieldrecht Lock forms a necessary key to the further development of the port on the left bank of the Scheldt River. In recent years, our port had successfully overcome many hurdles, now ranking as number two in Europe.“In order to retain that leading position, Antwerp must have a highly necessary basic infrastructure such as well-functioning locks that are adapted to the increased scale of international shipping.“However, Antwerp also needs space to grow, which explains the first phase of the construction of the Saeftinghedok — a new tidal dock on the left bank of the Scheldt river — the next infrastructural project that is high on the agenda.”
A joint venture of Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors has secured a €590M contract to deliver Phase 4B of Cairo Metro Line III in Egypt.Under the contract, awarded by the National Authority for Tunnels, the JV will be responsible for the full scope of the new phase that will stretch 6.1km across a viaduct and five elevated stations.Orascom Construction’s share of the contract is valued at about €295M. Phase 4B follows the group’s previously-announced contract awards for the third line of Cairo Metro.The group is currently executing contracts amounting to about €375M for Phase III and €90M for Phase 4A.
Dragages Hong Kong has chosen Nicolas’ MGD G2 SPE modules for the transport of pre-cast bridge elements for the Hong Kong-Zhubai-Macau bridge project in China.The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge project, with an estimated cost of $10.6bn, will connect Hong Kong to Zhubai and Macau — three major cities on the Pearl River Delta.The on-going development involves the construction of an offshore bridge and tunnel, the Boundary Crossing Facilities Island and link roads.The combined 22.9km-long bridge and 6.7km-long tunnel are expected to reduce travel times from Hong Kong to Macau and Zhugai from more than three hours to half an hour.According to Nicolas the MGD G2 SPE modules to be used in the project are in use all around the world under the toughest conditions — including in salty air, dusty environments and poor underground areas.Jannick Mathieu, Nicolas’ area manager sales at TII Sales, said: “With the second generation of this proven vehicle we provide the specifications the industry needs, no matter if we are talking about the impressive bending moment, a multitude of precise steering modes or the sturdiness and long-term reliability of the Nicolas MHD G2.”
A GMR Infrastructure-led consortium has secured an INR28.8bn ($432.2M) contract for the construction of a 221km road project in India.The stretch is part of the Eastern arm of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project and will be executed on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. The project, financed by World Bank, is split into two packages. The first package includes a 175km single line connecting Sahnewal and Pilkhani, passing through Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, while the second package is a 46km double line corridor in Uttar Pradesh connecting Dadri and Khurja.Under the contract, the consortium will be responsible for the design and construction of civil, structures and track works for single and double lines.GMR Infra said that the two packages are anticipated to be complete in 44 and 36 months respectively.
Larsen & Toubro’s construction unit has secured contracts worth INR21.61bn ($323.9M) across various business segments.The firm’s transportation infrastructure business has won an INR8.47bn ($126.9M) design and construction contract from the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India.The contract, secured by L&T and Instalaciones Inabensa consortium, includes electrification works for the 417km section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) from Mughalsarai to New Bhaupur in Uttar Pradesh, India.The work also involves the construction of seven traction sub stations, 18 switching stations, 881 track km of overhead equipment, SCADA and electrical and mechanical works along with the supply of all associated equipment. The company’s water and effluent treatment business has secured an INR7.09bn ($106.2M) engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from the Gujarat Water Infrastructure. The scope of the work includes the design and construction of 146km of mild steel pipelines and 26km of ductile iron pipelines.The business has also won a contract from Rajasthan Urban Drinking Water Sewerage & Infrastructure Corporation Limited for the design, construction and commissioning of sewage treatment plants and sewage pumping stations along with sewer networks in Alwar, Sikar and Bhiwadi, in the Rajasthan state.The company’s power transmission and distribution business has secured EPC orders worth INR4.03bn ($60.3M) from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited for the construction of a 400kV double circuit transmission line package from Tumkur to Hiryur in Karnataka.The business also won a contract from Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Limited for the construction of 220/66kV substations along with the associated transmission line network.Additional contracts worth INR2.02bn ($30.2M) were awarded to the company’s metallurgical and material handling business from various ongoing jobs of this business.