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Monday, 2 July 2018

(The Star) Pan Borneo Highway construction over one-third completed

KUCHING: The Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak, which is now more than one-third into its construction period, is gaining momentum.

With site clearing activities all completed, the project’s 11 work packages have advanced into their next stages of construction activities, ranging from earthworks to drainage system, geotechnical to bridge works.

For the most advanced package, the new two-lane carriageway is taking shape at some stretches alongside the existing two-lane single carriageway.”

Here, pavement works have progressed till base and sub-base levels,” according to Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) in its latest updates on the project’s progress.

The Sarawak portion of the Pan Borneo Highway covers a total length of 1,060km, out of which 193km is dual carriageway.

LBU, which is the project delivery partner, awarded the 11 work packages to about 20 companies for a combined contract value of RM16.49bil in 2016. Eleven of these companies are public-listed firms in Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia which, together with their joint-venture (JV) partners, bagged seven work packages worth RM10.02bil.

Four other privately-owned companies clinched the remaining four packages and share construction contracts valued at RM6.47bil.

Phase 1, which links Telok Melano in southern Sarawak to Miri in the north, is slated for completion in 2021.

Phase 2, which covers 77km to link up to Sabah,is in planning stage.

On the project’s drainage works, LBU said it involved construction of berm, median, toe and roadside drains.

“Works on (laying of) 1,662 units of pipe culverts and 418 units of box culverts has also begun,” it added.

For bridge works, it said it involved the construction of new bridges and demolition of existing bridges that did not comply with the Public Works Department R5 standard.

“Phase 1 will include a total of 115 pairs of (new) bridges to support the R5 four-lane dual carriageway.”

According to LBU, construction works on structural beams for the new bridges is also gaining momentum across all work packages.

“The longest bridge to be constructed is a twin bridge across Rejang River,more popularly known as the Duran Bridge.

“When completed,the Durin Bridge will rise up to 22m from the ground.

“It will mirror the existing bridge with three navigation channels, one of them 150m wide and a height clearance of 20m,” it said.

The twin bridge project under the Bintangor junction to Julau junction & Sibu Airport to Sungai Kua Bridge work package (75.97km) (contract value RM1.71bil) is undertaken by Hock Seng Lee Bhd-Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd JV.

The other six work packages secured by public-listed companies and their JV partners are Naim Holdings Bhd-Gamuda Bhd JV (Pantu junction to Batang Skrang – 89.44km) (RM1.57bil); Zecon Bhd-Kimlun Sdn Bhd JV (Serian roundabout to Pantu junction – 75.02km) (RM1.46bil); PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd )-Bina Puri Holdings Bhd JV (Sungai AWIK bridge to Bintangor junction – 64.49km) (RM1.36bil); Musyati Sdn Bhd-Mudajaya Group Bhd JV (Sungai Kua bridge to Sungai Arip bridge – 63.68km) (RM1.33bil), Endaya Construction Sdn Bhd-TRC Synergy Bhd-Pembinaan Kuantiti Sdn Bhd JV (Batang Skrang to Singai AWIK – 67.94km) (RM1.31bil) and KKB Engineering Bhd-WCT Holdings Bhd JV (Sungai Arip bridge to Bintulu Airport junction – 64.53km) (RM1.29bil).

Miri-based Samling Resources Sdn Bhd is implementing two work packages: Telok Melano to Sematan (95.4km) and Sematan to Sungai Moyan Bridge (32.77km).

Perkerjaan Piasau Konkerit Sdn Bhd (PPK)’s work package is from Bakun to Sungai Tangap (77.19km). PPK,which is the civil engineering arm of the diversified Shin Yang group, was awarded the Pan Borneo Highway kick-off project – Nyabau-Bakun stretch (42.97km) in 2015.

Konsortium KPE Sdn Bhd (JV between KACC Sdsn Bhd and Perbena Emas Sdn Bhd) is the main contractor for the Sungai Tangap to Pujut Link Road package (79.98km).