Saturday October 7, 2006
RM450m projects for Global Upline
BY JACK WONG
KUCHING: Global Upline Sdn Bhd, a second time winner of a European construction award, has secured two infrastructure projects worth a total of RM450mil in Miri, Sarawak.
The projects are the proposed RM350mil trunk road from Miri Airport to the Asean Bridge bordering Brunei and two proposed RM100mil flyover projects in Pujut and Puchong.
Global Upline is the turnkey contractor for these projects.
Company adviser Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing said the proposed 32.5km trunk road was awarded by the Federal Government as a private funding initiative (PFI) more than a month ago.
Survey work is now under way, and the road will take three years to complete, he told reporters when announcing Global Uplines win in the 18th International Construction Award (New Millennium Award) here yesterday.
The award is granted by the Editorial Office in collaboration with the Trade Leaders Club, which has some 7,000 members (businessmen) from 120 countries. Ting will receive the award on behalf of the company in Madrid, Spain on next Monday.
He said preliminary work for the two flyover projects had started, and both would take 18 months to complete.
Global Upline, which has earned a reputation as a fast-track contractor in building airports, is now implementing the RM760mil Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) upgrading and extension project as well as Labuan International Airports RM380mil upgrading project.
Ting said the KKIA project started five months ago and was scheduled for completion in 36 months.
It involves the construction of a new low-cost carrier terminal building, upgrading the existing terminal building and extending the runway to 3,870m to accommodate wide-body aircraft.
He said the Labuan project, which also involved the upgrading of the terminal building and extension of the runway to 3,300m, would be ready in June next year.
Global Upline is also the turnkey contractor for the proposed RM700mil Kuching International Airport upgrading and extension project. It has already completed the extended terminal complex and is now extending the runway.
We have just completed the infrastructure work for the new MAS cargo complex, said Ting.
He said Global Upline, which had earlier built the new Bintulu Airport, planned to spread its wings to Peninsular Malaysia. It has bid for several infrastructure projects there.
Ting said the company won the international construction award on its track record of completing projects ahead of time at no cost over-runs and its good safety record for workers.
The company has achieved 20 million man hours without any fatalities since 2000. We now have some 6,000 workers, a third of whom are foreigners, he added.