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Upgrade works on Huguenot Tunnel in South Africa is on track. South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) confirmed the report and said that the project nears completion. The agency pointed out that ......
|Description||Upgrade works on Huguenot Tunnel in South Africa is on track. South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) confirmed the report and said that the project nears completion. The agency pointed out that several works have already been completed including; 11Kv line replacement between the tunnel and Main Control Centre (MCC), installation of backup generator at MCC, North-bore watermain replacement and replacement of MCC fire detection and suppression system. Remaining works on the project includes; South-bore watermain replacement, MCC watermain replacement, MCC building redecoration and upgrade of ablution facilities, replacement of VMS signs on the approaches and in the tunnel, replacement of all electronic signage in the tunnel and installation of Tetra Emergency radio system in the tunnel. The old Du Toit’s Kloof Pass, the R101, which will act as the primary alternative route during the weekday and night time Huguenot Tunnel closures, will also receive a facelift, with the installation of additional road signs to better indicate passing opportunities as well LED road studs along the entire centre line of the pass. The upgrade works are expected to be completed before the end of the year to aid night time travellers using the pass. According to SANRAL the Huguenot Tunnel needed the upgrade to ensure compliance to international safety standards. After 31 years of continuous and safe operation, the electrical and mechanical systems neared their end of life Alternative routes issued out include; Paarl–DuToit’s Kloof Pass–Worcester, Paarl-Gouda-Tulbagh–Worcester or Wellington-Tulbagh-Ceres. Depending on origin and destination, the N2 Grabouw to Villiersdorp (41 km) is also an option.|
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Construction work is to restart on a new tunnel project in the South German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen following the necessary approvals having been received. The town lies to the south of Munich ......
|Description||Construction work is to restart on a new tunnel project in the South German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen following the necessary approvals having been received. The town lies to the south of Munich and is a popular winter ski resort, while in summer it also experiences heavy tourist traffic as it lies on a key route between Germany and Austria, as well as Italy, lying to the south. The busy Autobahn 95 connects Munich’s southern side with Garmisch-Partenkirchen. But this route ends just to the northern side of the town, where it joins with the B2. Traffic delays are commonplace during peak periods, particularly during winter and summer holiday times. To help alleviate the traffic issues, a 3.6km tunnel will be bored through the Kramer mountain, connecting with an additional 2km of link roads. Preparatory work on this bore commenced in 2010 but ground to a halt in 2013 due to unexpectedly high groundwater levels as well as legal challenges over environmental concerns. An Austrian contractor will now start work on the new drive in the second quarter of 2020, with completion planned for 2024 and building costs expected to hit €264 million. Work on an additional bypass tunnel for the Partenkirchen side of the town (on the eastern side of the Partnach River) is not likely to be ready for traffic until 2030.|
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U.S. oil company Anadarko has awarded a number of contracts for its Mozambique Golfinho/Atum development following a final investment decision for the project. The Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG p ......
|Description||U.S. oil company Anadarko has awarded a number of contracts for its Mozambique Golfinho/Atum development following a final investment decision for the project. The Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG project will be Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two LNG trains with total nameplate capacity of 12.88 Mtpa to support the development of the Golfinho/Atum fields located entirely within Offshore Area 1. As reported by Offshore Energy Today on Wednesday morning, Anadarko sanctioned the development of Mozambique’s Offshore Area 1 via the Area 1 Mozambique LNG project. The project, estimated at $20 billion, can now move ahead to the construction phase. Anadarko said that, following the FID, the project expects to soon issue notices to proceed under the terms of the previously executed engineering, construction, procurement and installation contracts and finalize financing. Following the FID move, Anadarko has awarded contracts for the Company Provided Items (CPI) for the subsea gathering system to TechnipFMC, Oceaneering, Advanced Technology Valve, and Cameron Italy, S.R.L. Over $1 billion for TechnipFMC & Van Oord Furthermore, Van Oord in consortium with TechnipFMC has been awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) for the offshore subsea system. Van Oord said in a statement on Wednesday that the company will execute the shallow offshore installation scope while its consortium partner TechnipFMC is responsible for the deep water scope. The total contract value for the consortium TechnipFMC and Van Oord is over $1 billion. In a separate statement on Wednesday, TechnipFMC said it was awarded a major contract by Anadarko for the EPCI of the subsea hardware system for its Mozambique Golfinho/Atum development. TechnipFMC will execute the offshore installation scope with its consortium partner Van Oord and in cooperation with strategic subcontractor, Allseas. Van Oord said that the upcoming months will be dedicated to project preparation and execution will start in 2021. In addition, TechnipFMC has been awarded separate contracts under its wholly owned US incorporated subsidiary FMCTI (FMC Technologies Inc.), to provide subsea hardware in support of well construction and the EPCI scope. Arnaud Pieton, President Subsea at TechnipFMC, stated: “TechnipFMC will execute its scope utilizing our integrated model (iEPCITM) and will highlight our industry leading subsea capabilities to help maximize Anadarko’s overall project value.” Further to these awards, TechnipFMC and Allseas have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement aimed at jointly pursuing specific deepwater projects where the assets, products and capabilities of both companies are complementary. In support of these awards, TechnipFMC is increasing its footprint in Mozambique and opened a new office in Maputo, Mozambique, in February 2019. Oceaneering’s umbilicals Oceaneering has been awarded a contract by Anadarko to supply umbilicals, distribution hardware, and aftermarket services. According to Oceaneering, the multiple lengths of onshore and subsea steel tube control umbilicals total approximately 115 miles (185 kilometers) in length. The distribution hardware to be provided includes umbilical termination assemblies, hydraulic and chemical distribution units, electrical distribution units, flying leads, junction plates, ROV flyable large-bore connectors, and aftermarket services in support of installation. Oceaneering said that the manufacture of the umbilicals and distribution hardware is scheduled to occur at its facilities in Panama City, Florida and Houston, Texas; and is expected to start in the third quarter of 2019 and be completed in the third quarter of 2021. CCS JV In addition, as reported earlier in June, Anadarko hired a joint venture between McDermott, Saipem, and Chiyoda – named CCS JV – for the onshore part of its Mozambique Area 1 LNG Development in Mozambique. The joint venture’s scope of work covers the onshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for all components of the onshore LNG development, which includes two LNG trains with a total nameplate capacity of 12.88 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), plus the associated utilities and infrastructure. Previously, CCS JV provided front-end engineering design (FEED) services for this LNG development. Saipem, as the leader of the JV, said that its part of the project would bring it $6 billion. McDermott said its initial portion of the EPC contract award was approximately $2 billion. Offshore Energy Today Staff|
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China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has begun work on Bangladesh’s first ever tunnel under a river. The 3.4km twin-bore Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel will carry two lanes under ......
|Description||China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has begun work on Bangladesh’s first ever tunnel under a river. The 3.4km twin-bore Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel will carry two lanes under the Karnaphuli River in the port city of Chittagong, connecting the city with Shah Amanat Airport. The cost of the scheme is estimated to be $1.6bn, with $570m of that provided by the Export-Import Bank of China and the rest by the government of Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh, said the completion of the project in 2022 would “accelerate the socio-economic development of the region”. She said the tunnel would be connected to the motorway between Coxs Bazar and Patiya by another 10km road. The prime minister also inaugurated work on a 16.5km elevated expressway from Lalkhan Bazar to Shah Amanat Airport in the city. When complete, the new road network will improve transport from the airport and the industrial zone in the south of the city, helping to reduce the congestion that occurs during peak travel hours.|
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The Umaa and Badassa dams which gobbled up Sh3.342 billion of taxpayer funds before they stalled without storing a cubic metre of water are back from the dead. Over six years after stalling, the Mini ......
|Description||The Umaa and Badassa dams which gobbled up Sh3.342 billion of taxpayer funds before they stalled without storing a cubic metre of water are back from the dead. Over six years after stalling, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation plans to pump more billions into reviving the projects. The projects fall under the National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority, previously known as the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation (NWCPC), the parastatal that implements water conservation projects on behalf of the Water ministry. EXPENSES Both the ministry and the National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority were cagey on the amounts that will be spent to complete the works. However, Sunday Nation established that the government has injected Sh380,844,235 to consultancy services for revival of the two projects. As the plans continue, those accused of embezzling funds meant for the projects have never been brought to justice to date despite numerous investigations being conducted in efforts to "unearth the faces who ate money meant for the dams." Instead of facing justice for squandering public funds in projects that bore no fruits, some of the officials fingered out for being responsible for the grounding of the projects still hold senior positions in government while others won elective seats in the last General Election. EACC REPORT To date, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has never given a report of investigations into claims of bribery and embezzlement of funds connected to construction of the two dams. The government first admitted in July 2013 that the construction of the two dams had been mismanaged largely due to faulty design, but the grapevine had it that the projects had become cash cows for government officials who were irregularly pushing to benefit from changing designs and varying project costs. The contractor for Umaa dam, Draft and Development Engineers, requested to vary the initial cost of the project to Sh1.48 billion In 2013, the NWCPC varied the cost of Badasa dam by an additional Sh1.98 billion from Sh1.7 billion at tendering in 2009, an action that contravened the public procurement regulations which state that costs can only be increased by a maximum of 15 per cent after which the project must be subjected to a fresh tendering process. On Wednesday, Water CS Simon Chelugui told Sunday Nation that the new date for completion of Badassa dam is February 5, 2020, with the new contract period set at 37 months. "The works grounded in 2013 after contractual issues arose between the contractors (Midroc Drilling Company) and the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation. But the issues have now being resolved," Mr Chelugui said. AGREEMENT According to the National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority, procurement of geotechnical investigations have been done and an agreement for works drafted. The agreement will be signed after the payment of Sh178,287,800 million to Tertiary Consulting Engineers, a consultancy firm which reviewed construction work status and soundness of constructed works. The corporation also signed a Sh202,556,435 deal with a company known as SMEC Kenya Ltd to carry out review of the design, check the soundness of the existing structures and supervise the remaining construction works at Umaa dam. Umaa dam, which is being constructed in Kitui, stalled in January 2011, a month after the contractor invited the EACC to audit the project after weeks of public spats between then Water minister Charity Ngilu and her assistant Mwangi Kiunjuri. During investigations, it was revealed that the contractor awarded the Sh824 million project had no prior experience in building dams. The construction of Umaa dam started in January 2009 and, if things went well, the project could have been completed in January 2011. By the time the project stalled in 2011, a total of Sh575 million out of an initial budget of Sh800 million had already been paid.|
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Five companies have expressed an interest in the technically challenging €315 million Kvitsøy section of Norway’s major road and tunnel project Rogfast. The companies are Implenia/Stangeland Maskin, ......
|Description||Five companies have expressed an interest in the technically challenging €315 million Kvitsøy section of Norway’s major road and tunnel project Rogfast. The companies are Implenia/Stangeland Maskin, Marti Tunnel, PNC Norge, Salini Impregilo and Skanska Norway. Tor Geir Espedal, project manager at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen), said his organisation will make a shortlist of three companies in the first half of next year. The Kvitsøy section is one of the €1.94 billion project’s three tunnel contracts and is focussed around a small community of 500 inhabitants on an island municipality in Rogaland county. The municipality is an archipelago located at the entrance to the large Boknafjorden and is just under 4km northwest of the mainland Stavanger peninsula. Despite its small size, it will have one of the most intricate underground connections to the Rogfast or the Rogaland Fixed Link. The project is a sub-sea road tunnel under construction between the municipalities of Randaberg, near the city of Stavanger, and Bokn in Rogaland county. Maximum depth of the tunnel will be 392m below sea level - a world record - This will be a part of the main European route E39 highway along the west coast of Norway and it will link the cities of Kristiansand – Stavanger – Haugesund – Bergen. The 27km twin-bore (10.5m diameter) tunnel will be part of the European route E39, and run below two fjords - Boknafjorden and Kvitsøyfjorden. A spur connection to Kvitsøy is the latest work to be tendered. Included in the fixed link is a 2km suspension bridge with a 1.6 central span across Romdals Fjord and at a tunnel entrance. The bridge’s two piers will be founded on either bank of the fjord. The project - expected to be finished sometime in 2025 or 2026 - featured as a key project report in the World Highways issue November/December 2018. A particular feature will be modified tunnel appearance to cope with driver monotony. In one particular section, there is a plan to widen the tunnel and change the lighting in an effort to relieve the monotony of driving 27km through a tunnel.|
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Skanska reports that it has completed the bore and dynamiting for the Strømnes-Sprova tunnel project in the Norwegian county of Nord-Trøndelag. The nearly €40m project, which was awarded to Skanska i ......
|Description||Skanska reports that it has completed the bore and dynamiting for the Strømnes-Sprova tunnel project in the Norwegian county of Nord-Trøndelag. The nearly €40m project, which was awarded to Skanska in August last year,is for 5.4kn of new road, including both the 600m Holmvik and the 1km Strømnes tunnels. Two bridges are also being built, the 42m Holmviksbron and the 27m Eldbron. Norwegian roads authority Statens Vegvesen appointed Skanska to project which is part of an upgrade to the Dyrstad-Sprova-Malm route. Trøndelag is in the centre of the country, bordering the coastal region across to the border with Sweden.|
HDR has acquired the assets of David Ford Consulting Engineers, which specializes in hydrology, water hydraulics, flood risk analysis, and other water-related services. HDR sees a good fit with this ......
|Description||HDR has acquired the assets of David Ford Consulting Engineers, which specializes in hydrology, water hydraulics, flood risk analysis, and other water-related services. HDR sees a good fit with this expertise, as HDR provides engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. “Their technical skills are unsurpassed and they are a great addition to HDR’s water resources team,” said Eric Keen, chairman and chief executive officer of HDR. “We are excited about the additional depth they bring to our practice and to our clients around the world.” David Ford will do business as HDR | David Ford Consulting Engineers. The company provides hydrology and water hydraulic services to such agencies as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Water Resources. David Ford, president of David Ford Consulting Engineers, will join HDR as vice president. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. HDR does considerable work in hydro, including conducting bore drillings as part of a study for a proposed US$2 billion pumped storage hydro plant in Virginia. A review of the David Ford Consulting Engineers website reveals the company has performed dam break and inundation analysis, dam failure simulation, and hydrologic analysis for dam owners.|
New Delhi: The government will come out with a single bid for setting up 25 GW of solar capacity in Ladakh, Power Minister R K Singh said today, and asserted that renewable energy is a must for sustai ......
|Description||New Delhi: The government will come out with a single bid for setting up 25 GW of solar capacity in Ladakh, Power Minister R K Singh said today, and asserted that renewable energy is a must for sustainable development. He also said that India will achieve the target of having 175 GW of renewable energy before 2022. "I am going to come out with the huge bid in Ladakh which is highest solar potential area. I have got a survey done," he said. "We have potential of 35 GW in Ladakh. So we will come out with single bid of 25 GW with storage and deliverable at Una," Singh said at CIIs Government and Business Partnership Conclave here. He further said that the government will come out with renewable bids with storage component. "We have come out with 10GW solar bid with manufacturing component. We will come out with more such bids to make sure that manufacturing comes to India." About 16 GW of renenwables are at various stages of development and about 28 GW has been bid out. "It comes to 116 GW. We will achieve our target of having 175 GW before 2022. Renewable Energy is the future. It is our responsibility to the planet." Singh also said that the government will bring tariff policy under which unscheduled load shedding will be penalised. On load shedding, he said that it is because discoms are unable to recover cost of power and they dont have the money to sustain the system. "I am asking the states to give subsidy by direct benefit transfer... The discoms will get money in time. The passing of more than 15 per cent of losses to tariff will be stopped in the law," he added. The government has already given one crore and few lakh electricity connections under Saubhagya scheme since beginning of this journey on October 11, 2017 out 3.6 crore unelectrified households, he said. "As we reach the villages, the number of unelectrified households are coming down from estimates of 3.6 crore families made by states. We find that we have actually fewer houses to cover because some families live together and state went by families. I think we will have to cover 3 crore families out which one crore already covered," Singh said. On the Sustainable Development Goals he said, "Three things were at core of SDGs -- water, energy and green energy. By adding sustainable (word) tool (to SDG) was itself a sort of quantum jump or leap from what the thinking had been before. Unless development is sustainable, it will not do good to us. That was paradigm shift." The minister was of the view that water is an issue which was not there at the time of the countrys independence and has now become a business. He said, "In rural areas large swathes of population are without access to potable drinking water today. Thousands of villages have high level of arsenic. You have problem of receding ground water. Large zones have become dark zone. You are not allowed to bring bore well water without permission. Our rivers are dying. We need to fix it. That is a challenge." As far as energy is concerned, he said: "We cannot grow without energy. Our per capita consumption is one third of the world average. While industrialise, you need to fix the way we would industrialise..." On the occasion NITI Aayog and industry body CII entered into a partnership on SDGs with a broad objective to improve the use of SDGs among business. This broad objective will be realised through specific activities during the period of the MoU. The activities to be carried out by CII in this partnership will be serviced by CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CII-ITC CESD).|
LiuGong has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with United Overseas Bank (UOB) to support the major Chinese global construction and quarrying equipment manufacturer’s machinery financing in So ......
|Description||LiuGong has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with United Overseas Bank (UOB) to support the major Chinese global construction and quarrying equipment manufacturer’s machinery financing in Southeast Asia. The MoU was signed by the president of LiuGong Machinery Asia Pacific, Chen Hao, and Karunia W. Tjuradi, managing director and head of Sector Solutions Group at UOB, at LiuGong’s Asia Pacific subsidiary office in Singapore. “Since LiuGong set up its Asia Pacific subsidiary office in 2011 to export its construction equipment to South East Asia market, we have been gaining market acceptance offering quality products, as well as excellent after sales services.” said Hao. “Our perseverance and investment has started to pay off and the market has also showed signs of recovery this year. In this first quarter, we experienced more than 50% growth increases in sales volume in the Southeast Asia market.” According to Hao, the historic MoU signed on Thursday 12 July 2018 establishes a partnership between LiuGong and UOB to provide financing solutions for LiuGong’s dealers and customers. This includes easy access to tailor-made financing solutions. LiuGong dealers and customers will also enjoy interest rate loans at a more competitive rate due to the joint risks bore by the two organisations. Indonesia and Thailand will be the first two countries to have this scheme rolled out. It will enable LiuGong’s key customers to enjoy better rebates and services from LiuGong when they obtain larger procurement. Medium and smaller-sized company customers will be able to afford to buy up-to-date technology machines which they could not afford previously. “We wanted to work with the top OEMs from China and LiuGong is our top choice and was the first we approached for this program.” said Tjuradi. “We know that LiuGong will materialised their overseas ambitions and UOB is here to fuel that.” Luo Guobing, general manager for LiuGong’s Overseas Division, who was not able to attend the MoU signing ceremony, heralded the event from LiuGong headquarters in Guangxi, China, saying, “LiuGong has big, ambitious plans in the overseas market. It has always been LiuGong’s interest to develop our dealers and providing them with competitive advantages and strategies to optimise their operational and financial performances. “When UOB approached us earlier this year and proposed the collaboration, we found it to be very timely and fitting. UOB, being an established premier bank, has ASEAN’s largest footprint of branches distributed across the SEA markets. Its extensive clientele network of machinery equipment and component dealers and end-users in SEA fits our current expansion plans in SEA.”|