Chinese construction firm eyes more projects in Brunei
CHINA Communications Construction Company, whose subsidiary is carrying out the Pulau Muara Besar Bridge project, is keen to collaborate on similar projects with relevant agencies in Brunei.
In an interview with The Brunei Times during a visit to the Yangshan Free Trade Port Area in Shanghai, Cao Yiguo, vice director general of China Communications’ subsidiary, China Harbour Engineering Company Limited, said he sees a lot of potential investments in Brunei’s market that they’d like to explore.
“We have a firm intention to invest in the Brunei market. It’s a very good opportunity,” he said.
“It’s a very good market because Brunei is very strong and very rich...We have good past construction experience in Brunei.”
Yiguo said they are currently constructing the Pulau Muara Besar Bridge in Brunei after signing a contract in May last year.
According to China’s Xinhua News Agency, the US$204 million contract was awarded to China Harbour Engineering through an open tender process. The bridge is expected to be completed by April 2018.
The project involves the construction of a four-lane sea crossing bridge approximately 2.7 kilometres long that will connect the mainland in Kampung Serasa to the western shore of Pulau Muara Besar and a 2.9-kilometre main road on the island.
China Harbour Engineering will also be building utilities infrastructure including power lines and telecommunication lines.
China Communications has also previously embarked on various construction projects with Brunei including the 18.6-kilometre Telisai Lumut Highway which opened for public use in June this year.
“We look forward (to working together) in the future for any collaboration with our company and Brunei,” said Yiguo.
Meanwhile, Cui Wei, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC), also expressed interest in providing Brunei with their services.
ZPMC, which is also under China Communications, is a heavy-duty equipment manufacturer that specializes in port machinery, steel structures and offshore products.
Wei said ZPMC’s port machinery products account for 82 per cent of the global market, noting they have provided equipment and services to all ASEAN countries accept for Brunei and Laos.
He said ZPMC is looking to cooperate more with ASEAN countries including Brunei in the future.
“With the establishment of ZPMC’s Southeast Asian regional headquarters in Singapore, ZPMC will accelerate its localisation development in these regions. In the future, ZPMC will have more space to cooperate with ASEAN and Brunei,” said Wei.
“We’ve provided our services to 94 countries across the globe. We hope the 95th one will be Brunei.
“We will work with our parent company (China Communications) to explore a wider market,” he said.
The Brunei Times