<44>Mega projects to ensure faster growth
As the nation moves towards ‘Wawasan Brunei 2035,’ development projects are well underway as evidenced by the changing landscape of the country.
One major project is the Sungai Kebun bridge, a 607-metre link that spans the water village to connect Jalan Residency in Bandar with Kg Sungai Kebun in Lumapas.
The $139 million project – spearheaded by Korean firm Daelim Industrial, Swee Sdn Bhd and TRC – is to be completed by this year, easing traffic woes of thousands of commuters from Mukim Lumapas.
According to the Department of Roads, more than 18,000 vehicles travel from Mukim Lumapas to Bandar every day. This is expected to rise with the development of a new government-subsidised housing scheme in Lumapas.
Once the bridge is completed, experts estimate 9,000 vehicles will use the bridge, reducing congestion on the Jalan Bengkurong Masin/Jalan Tutong road. The Public Works Department will upgrade existing roads and will construct two interchanges on either side of the bridge.
It will be the first cable-stayed bridge in the Sultanate, with a 157-metre tower anchoring it into the Brunei River.
Local and foreign companies have played an active role in Brunei’s development. Over the past 40 years, Swee Sdn Bhd has built some of Brunei’s most important infrastructure, including the country’s water supply networks.
Swee has built water reservoirs, treatment plants and pipe networks, handling a majority of the water supply projects in the country. The company has also built the Muara to Jerudong segment of the Muara-Tutong Highway, the country’s main cross-national roadway, as well as the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
Swee is also involved in a project with Daelim as the contractor for the largest portion of the Temburong Bridge. The bridge is a 30-km two-lane dual carriageway highway that will connect Jalan Utama Mentiri in the Brunei-Muara District to Jalan Labu Estate in the Temburong District across Brunei Bay.
Another significant project, Pulau Muara Besar, is undergoing major infrastructure development, including the construction of a deep water container terminal, export processing zone and manufacturing hub with all supporting commercial facilities and services linked to Muara town by a bridge.
Chinese infrastructure construction company China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) has been awarded the Pulau Muara Besar Bridge, Road and Utilities project through an open tender. Scheduled to be completed in a few years, the project should attract greater foreign direct investment in petrochemical and related oil and gas sectors.
CHEC will also construct an almost three-kilometre long on Pulau Muara Besar (Bear Island) and a 2.7-kilometre bridge to Muara. The deal also included the development of treated and untreated water supplies, telecommunication lines and power lines. CHEC specialises in building roads, bridges, railways, airports, marine engineering, dredging and reclamation.
PTD Technology Sdn Bhd is also one of the top providers of sources of energy in the country. It provides highly specialised electrical services for power utilities, industrial plant and oil and gas.
Since its inception in 2006, the company’s main objective is to become the premier provider of electrical services to the energy sector in the region. PTD Technology, a full service electrical engineering firm, is involved in outdoor, indoor, major and minor electrical projects across Brunei Darussalam and in the region.
PTD Technology also provides consulting and management services in the field of power protection. The organisation is also a recognized supplier and dealer for various electrical accessories.
Since its establishment in 1998, Schindler Liftec Brunei has been well received and trusted, particularly for their safety and quality products. Among their products include the passenger elevators, freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, modernization and other services as well.
Schindler Liftec Sdn Bhd is an authorised distributor and service provider for Schindler elevators and escalators throughout Brunei.
Siemens Pte Ltd (Brunei) has been functioning in Brunei Darussalam since 1998. Siemens has a wide portfolio positioned along the electrification value chain – from power generation, transmission and distribution, to smart grid solutions and the efficient application of electrical energy, besides expertise in areas of medical imaging and in-vitro diagnostics.
Its newly-launched division of Siemens Building Technologies became a reality as a result of a joint venture with local companies Functional Engineering Sdn Bhd and Allied Engineering Solutions with focus on fire safety and building management in
the country. The new venture will offer fire protection technology and automation system services in Brunei.
Siemens is always heavily involved in the development of the country’s infrastructure. This includes the supplying and installation of a digital electronic switching system for the country’s postal administration, modernising the monitoring and communication system of Brunei International Airport and providing fixed telecommunication network to the country.
ABB, a multinational corporation based in Zurich, Switzerland and a world leader in power technology and industrial automation products, made its presence felt in Brunei Darussalam 26 years ago. The company is pursuing projects such as the Pulau Muara Besar (PMB) and the Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK), in consultation with the government sector and foreign experts.
ABB has also collaborated with the Ministry of Education to provide expertise and knowledge to students in local universities, polytechnics and institutes of higher education.
The company aims to share its vast wisdom on the latest products and present demonstrations to showcase capabilities in energy efficiency, power technology and industrial automation as part of its strategy in education.
ABB is also helping to boost the nation’s economy in another way – by lowering operating costs for Shell operations. ABB also aims to help by creating more local jobs and offering jobs to locals when available.
ABB, with its products and solutions, has the capability and resources towards ensuring better air quality, reduction of energy costs and the moderating of growth in energy consumption.
Schneider Electric, one of the leading manufacturers in power protection and management solutions in the country, has been much lauded for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
A prime example is the provision of power supplies by Schneider Electric and 14 other partners to 26 houses in the rural areas of Tutong District that were without electricity.
Local company Tobishima Corporation (B) Sdn Bhd is responsible for the construction of the Jalan Pengiran Babu Raja/Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha flyover along the Jalan Tutong project.
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