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Punj Lloyd wins its first Hong Kong project

Posted on Dec 20, 07:17PM | IBNS

Diversified global conglomerate Punj Lloyd Group on Thursday announced a breakthrough into the Hong Kong (SAR) market with an order won by its company, Sembawang Engineers and Constructors (Sembawang) to construct MTR Corporation's Shatin to Central Link Diamond Hill Station.

The project, worth over SUSD 260 million (Rs 1168 crore), will be executed by Sembawang along with consortium partner, Leader Civil Engineering Corporation Limited.

The station will provide an important interchange between the new Shatin to Central Link and the existing Diamond Hill Station servicing the Kwun Tong Line.

Richard Grosvenor, President and CEO of Sembawang, said: "We are delighted to win this project, which is a significant breakthrough for Sembawang in Hong Kong.

"With extensive experience in mass rapid transit work - having executed extensive metro train stations and tracks (MRT and LRT) in Singapore, Sembawang has accomplished a significant position in building complex landmark structures with flawless engineering and technical proficiency."

The scope of work includes the relocation of heritage structures and archaeological diggings required to facilitate the site, construction of a 250 metre long by 30 metre deep underground station and connecting adits to the existing station, together with coordination with interfacing railway operating systems and specialist contractors.

Modifications to the adjacent existing live station will also be required to aid the flow of passengers between the Kwun Tong Line and the Shatin to Central Link.

Strict environmental controls and attention to public relations will also be an important aspect of the project as the station is to be constructed in a heavily populated older area of Eastern Kowloon.

Work on the Diamond Hill Station will start in the first quarter of 2013, in line with the commissioning of the first phase of the Shatin to Central Link.

That Link will eventually provide a direct connection between the stations on the border with mainland China/Guangzhou Province and Admiralty Station, located in the heart of the Central Business District of Hong Kong Island which, in turn, will provide easy access to other existing rail networks, including the Tsuen Wan Line, the Island Line and the future South Island Line (East).

Construction of the Shatin to Central Link is part of Hong Kong's strategic infrastructure plan to develop a railway network to meet its fast-growing future transport needs.

Prior to this major win, Sembawang Engineers and Constructors won significant contracts in Singapore to construct the new Changi Prison Complex and the McNair Towers, a public-housing development of four residential blocks.