| Zee Yusri |
A MEGA construction project for a dual two-lane highway between Brunei-Muara and Temburong spanning approximately 30 kilometres from Jalan Utama Mentiri to Jalan Labu Estate in Temburong District moved a step closer to reality yesterday with the awarding of the first contract and signing of the project proposal.
The signing ceremony between the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Ministry of Development and Daelim Swee JV, a Brunei-Korea joint venture, was held at the Public Works Department (PWD) Headquarters.
Signing on behalf of His Majesty’s Government for the proposed Package CC2 Marine Viaducts Temburong Bridge Project were Dato Paduka Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, the Permanent Secretary (Technical & Professional) at the Ministry of Development, who is also the Chairman of the Technical Working Committee for the proposed Temburong bridge project, as well as Chua Pheng Keong, the Acting Director-General of Public Works.
Daelim Swee JV, meanwhile, was represented by its President, Daelim Kimdong Soo, and Toh Boon Chui, the Chairman of Swee Sdn Bhd.
Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Development, who witnessed yesterday’s signing ceremony, said the ministry would do its best to ensure that all aspects of this project create an engineering marvel that the nation could be proud of.
Elaborating further on the B$1.6-billion project, which is one of the nation’s largest and most expensive undertakings, the minister disclosed that the expenditure for the CC2 Marine Viaduct Package would be over B$600 million, and that implementation of the Temburong bridge project would be carried out in phases.
The minister reassured the public that marine life in the area would not be affected by the project and that mangroves around the area would also be looked after.
Construction of the project will be implemented through several contract packages.
The first package, which is expected to be implemented soon, is for the construction of a bridge and viaducts crossing the Brunei Bay spanning over 13.4 kilometres. This is expected to run for 45 months.
The main scope of work is to build a bridge over the Brunei Bay starting from Brunei navigation to the eastern path, and from the eastern path to Tanjung Kerasek in Temburong.
In addition, it also includes the provision of U-turn routes and provision for route to Pulau Baru Baru and Pulau Berambang, where construction work for Package CC2 is expected to begin on February 25. This part of the project is expected to be completed by November 24 this year.
In this regard, the Ministry of Development informed the public that the Sejampang Jetty, Kampong Sungai Besar would be temporarily closed during the construction period.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary (Technical & Professional) at the Ministry of Development said the Temburong bridge project, upon completion, would make life easier for the people commuting to and fro the district.
According to Dato Paduka Haji Suhaimi, over 130 employees are expected to be taken in at the project site, where 52 resident site staff will be placed in Central Team and CC2 Team.
“So far, 24 resident site staff members with the right experience and knowledge have been recruited, of whom six are locals,” he said, adding that the rest would start reporting for duty in due course.
The recruitment of young local engineers who are fresh graduates, meanwhile, will be implemented in stages to maximise the involvement of local engineers in Brunei’s first mega project, he added.
“This endeavour is aimed at ensuring that our nation and indeed the Bruneians have the requisite capacity to fulfil the engineering professional requirements for the needs of today and the future,” he said.
Through this project, the Permanent Secretary said the department has set a minimum level of local participation in various aspects such as management, professional labour, skilled and semi-skilled labour, supplying materials and services, as well as temporary and permanent work to be undertaken by Brunei-based companies.
According to him, the proposed Package CC2 Marine Viaducts Temburong Bridge Project includes the construction of flyovers over the Brunei Bay starting from Brunei navigation to the eastern path, and from the eastern path to Tanjung Kerasek in Temburong. In addition, it will entail the provision of U-turn routes and provision for route to Pulau Baru Baru and Pulau Berambang.
In order to fast track the project, it has been sub-divided into separate work contracts including CC3 (Navigational Bridges), CC4 (Temburong Viaducts and Roads), CC1 (Mentiri Tunnels and Land Viaducts), CC5A (Traffic Control Surveillance System) and CC5B (Power Supply and Road Lighthing), he said, adding that all these contracts are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.