PMB bridge project goes to Chinese contractor
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) has awarded the contract for the construction of the bridge linking Brunei’s mainland to Pulau Muara Besar to Chinese contractor China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC).
The bridge will connect the mainland at Kampung Serasa to the industrial island, also known as PMB, BEDB said in a statement yesterday.
BEDB expects construction work to commence “soon” with a completion time of three years.
The project consists of the construction of a four-lane sea crossing bridge approximately 2.7km long, a four-lane main road on Pulau Muara Besar and associated utilities including power, water and telecommunication services.
The Pulau Muara Besar Bridge will provide mainland connectivity and support for the industrial development on Pulau Muara Besar that includes amongst others an oil refinery and aromatics cracker by Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd and an integrated Marine Supply Base providing services to the oil and gas industry.
The bridge will also serve as a corridor for the network of utilities from the mainland to Pulau Muara Besar.
The award follows the completion of an open tender called by BEDB in 2014.
CHEC is the subsidiary of China Communication Construction Company Ltd which is listed as one of the Top 25 International Contractors in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) 250 global contractors.
The firm has over 35 years of work experience in infrastructure construction including bridges and roads, marine engineering, dredging and reclamation, railways and airports. It has also carried out construction works in over 70 countries including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Panama and Egypt.
PMB is located in Brunei Bay close to Muara Port with a land area of approximately 955 hectares, according to BEDB.
A feasibility study conducted in 2003 found PMB to be ideally suited for the development of a deep water port and manufacturing hub, BEDB states on its website. The island is where Brunei’s first petrochemical plant refinery and aromatics cracker plant is located.
The PMB project’s first phase is expected to create 800 jobs and once operational, is anticipated to contribute to US$2 billion ($2.75billion) per year to the country’s economy.
The complex will be able to produce 1.5 million tonnes a year of diesel; 400,000 tonnes a year of gasoline; one million tonnes per year of jet kerosene; 1.5 million tonnes per year of naphtha, 1.5 million tonnes per year of paraxylene and 500,000 tonnes per year of benzene.
The Brunei Times