| Aziz Idris in Beijing, China |
THE proposed construction of a bridge linking Temburong and Brunei-Muara Districts across the Brunei Bay is not only a dream that will in a few years’ time become a reality for the people of Brunei, especially residents in Temburong District, but also a milestone achievement for the Ministry of Development as the mega project will become a new landmark in the Sultanate.
Bids for the construction of the mega project are being submitted; with various local and international contractors participating in the tender to build the bridge, which has been divided into several packages.
The project has also received the attention of an international construction company with vast experience in building mega projects in and outside of China – the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) – which has also submitted its bid for the construction of the bridge.
CRCC, which is listed in the 250 global contractors in ENR report for 2013, is confident that it will offer its best services, expertise and experience gained from bridge projects in China and across the world.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of CRCC, Meng Fengchao, said this during a joint meeting with the media from Southeast Asia at CRCC Headquarters in Beijing, China, recently. The mediapersons were there for an exchange programme.
He added that the company has extensive experience in the construction of bridges in sophisticated and diverse designs in China and believes that the experience could be applied in the construction of the bridge linking Temburong and Brunei-Muara Districts.
At the same time, the chairman said that CRCC continues to explore various opportunities in construction in Asean member countries, including Malaysia and Singapore, where the company is spearheading the construction of a railway route linking the neighbours.
He noted that with the experience, expertise and knowledge the company has, CRCC will also be able to help transfer knowledge to local workers in Asean countries.
Vice-President of CRCC, Chairman and General Manager of CRCC Intl Ltd, Zhuo Lei said the bidding process for the Temburong bridge project was divided into several packages and CRCC has sent its bids for all packages offered by Brunei’s Ministry of Development.
He explained that each of the packages offered was in various stages of implementation, from the initial stage to the advanced stage. The decision on bids/tender will be released soon.
“CRCC hopes to be given the opportunity by the government of Brunei Darussalam so as to share its experience in the construction of the bridge with Brunei. We also believe that we can implement the project successfully,” said Zhou Lei.
Commenting on the participation of local workers in the project, he said the company’s priority is to employ as many locals as possible in projects undertaken abroad.
He also said CRCC will ensure the execution of the mega bridge project in an environmentally friendly manner, which is one of the core principles of the company.
“CRCC ensures that while implementing any project, detailed plans emphasising on environmental friendly issues will be applied and will ensure minimal damage to nature and the environment,” he said.
Temburong District is separated from Brunei’s other three districts by Malaysian territory. Currently, the main modes of travel between Temburong and Brunei-Muara Districts are through a 45-minute boat ride, or a 90-minute journey by land.
The 30-km link will start from an interchange at Jalan Penghubung Mentiri, through a series of tunnels in Bukit Subok, before crossing the scenic Brunei Bay covering a distance of 14km. Once completed, it will cut the travelling time to only 30 to 40 minutes’ drive.
The construction of the bridge will ensure that all aspects of the design meet the characteristics of the country, which will be one of the engineering marvels that Brunei can be proud of.