Joyce Shamini and Sheena Wong
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In Taiwan, two projects are ongoing. First is the construction of a 1.23km long marine bridge connecting a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Tank to a LNG Terminal while another is the construction of a 4km long seawall at Taipei Port.
Speaking to Project Director, Eric Foong and Construction Manager, Goh Kim Meng, we found out that the caisson blocks making up the seawalls are some of the largest in Taiwan, some at 19m tall and weighing as much as 8,600 tonnes per unit! Manufactured onshore, the precast blocks will be laid onto the seabed using the caisson construction method and backfilled with gravel and sand. A total of 117 blocks will be constructed.
The extensive scale of the project also requires mega equipment. To haul the precast caissons from the casting yard to its deep-water destination, a 11,000-tonne floating dock is used. The project team also procured the largest dipper dredger in Taiwan, machinery for excavating over water with booms reaching 26m deep. The dipper dredger is used to prepare the seabed foundation before launching the precast caisson blocks into permanent location, forming the seawall.
We had recently secured a new project worth RM463 million to construct a 161kV underground transmission line. At 7 km length, the scope of work involved open trench excavation, pipe jacking works and bored tunnelling method. Kudos to the project team!
Special thanks to Yi Hiing (Pan Borneo Project Manager), Chin Sau Lun (Belfield project Construction Manager) and Mai Nam Phuong (Gamuda City Marketing and Brandcom Manager) for contributing pictures and information for this story.