Surbana Jurong enters Caucasus market with Georgia win

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A mountainous bypass road will be built in Georgia’s coastal city of Batumi. Photo: Salim Jahan Fahim.

SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has won its first project in Georgia in nearly 20 years, making it a fresh foot in the door into the Caucasus and Eastern European market.

Georgia has plans to construct a mountainous bypass road in Batumi, a city on the coast of the Black Sea. SMEC’s Transport team won the contract involving design review, construction supervision and defects notification for the 14.3 km road as well as 5 tunnels, 21 bridges and 2 interchanges.

The project, to be completed in 69 months, comes under the Roads Department of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.

Fact: Georgia is part of the Caucasus, a mountainous isthmus separating the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. The region is occupied by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia.

Surbana Jurong wins CAREC-RIBS project in Pakistan

SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has won the project to provide construction supervision and consultancy services on the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Regional Improving Border Services (CAREC-RIBS) initiative

The Federal Board of Revenue in the Government of Pakistan has recently awarded SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, the project to provide construction supervision and consultancy services on the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Regional Improving Border Services (CAREC-RIBS) initiative. SMEC won the tender, together with its subsidiary Engineering General Consultants (EGC), in association with two other local firms, namely Al-Kasib Group of Engineering Services and Rehman Habib Consultants.

The Asia Development Bank (ADB) funded project includes the improvement of civil infrastructure, the procurement and installation of border crossing ITC equipment, as well as security systems at the borders of Pakistan. Slated to last for a duration of about five years, this project is a strategic win for SMEC, making its foray into a Border Management Project in Pakistan.

Surbana Jurong to deliver seawall reconstruction project in Cairns

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PDR and SMEC will combine efforts to deliver the Flying Fish Point Seawall Replacement Project in the south of Cairns

Queensland-based PDR has reached a major milestone with its first project win since it was acquired by SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, in March 2017. Under the guidance of Project Director Peter De Roma (Cairns) and Project Manager Anthony Folan (Brisbane), the team is currently delivering the Flying Fish Point Seawall Replacement project for Cassowary Coast Regional Council, in the south of Cairns.

The project will involve concept through to detailed design, regulatory approvals, procurement services, construction supervision, and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) certification of approximately 650m of seawall reconstruction as part of the Council’s planned four-stage seawall replacement.

The seawall design will include green engineering ‘fish-friendly’ features, adding structural complexity which encourages ecological development.

The team will collaborate with James Cook University to study the long-term effects of the design on the local fish population, for potential use in other coastal regions.

Building on PDR’s marine works capability, PDR will provide local client interface, on-site inspection and construction administration, while SMEC will offer design development and technical expertise, and statutory approvals support.

The win provides a promising look into the future of the PDR and SMEC partnership.


Launch of the 1st Caisson for Tuas Terminal Phase 1 Development

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The first caisson transferred onto the floating dock at the Tuas Terminal construction site

The construction of the first phase of Tuas Terminal development has reached an important milestone with the official launch of the first caisson on 29 April. Surbana Jurong is proud to be the consultant for the planning and engineering design as well as the supervision of the construction, which includes project management, contract administration and site supervision for this mega project.

The event was graced by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Mr Khaw Boon Wan who initiated the launch of the first caisson. Representing Surbana Jurong at the event was Group CEO Mr Wong Heang Fine and Deputy CEO, Infrastructure, Mr Loh Yan Hui.

The Tuas Terminal is part of Singapore’s efforts to consolidate its port activities at Tuas to continue the success and support the demand for container port handling facilities. As key pillar in Singapore’s Next Generation Container Port, the Tuas Terminal is an engineering feat with many innovative features. For instance, the design includes the re-use of dredged and excavated materials as reclamation fill materials which results in significant material cost savings of some $1 billion. The use of innovative caisson design for thewharf structures also helps to improve productivity and quality as the caissons are of standard sizes and pre-fabricated in a controlled environment on site.

The Tuas Terminal will be developed in four phases over a span of some 30 years, with the construction of Phase 1 scheduled for completion in the 2020s. When fully operational, the Tuas Port will be the first in Singapore designed to accommodate ultra large container vessels (ULCV) beyond the current size of ULCV and is able to handle up to 65 million twenty-foot equivalent units per annum.