May 16, 2020

CIMIC’S Leighton Asia scoops Hong Long Airport expansion contract

CIMIC Group company
Leighton Asia
has won the A$278M project
set to complete in 2019
Catherine Sturman
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 CIMIC’S Leighton Asia scoops Hong Long Airport expansion project
CIMIC Group company, Leighton Asia, has been selected by Airport Authority Hong Kong to deliver the Terminal 1 (T1) Annex Building and Carpark 4 Expansi...

CIMIC Group company, Leighton Asia, has been selected by Airport Authority Hong Kong to deliver the Terminal 1 (T1) Annex Building and Carpark 4 Expansion Project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Revenue to Leighton Asia, which is part of CIMIC Group construction company CPB Contractors, is approximately A$278 million.

CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Adolfo Valderas said: “CIMIC Group and Leighton Asia are pleased to be involved in the expansion of Hong Kong International Airport and to contribute our major project experience to accommodate the future growth of one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs.

“We have diverse design and engineering capabilities in delivering new and upgraded commercial and defence aviation infrastructure, successfully solving complex problems and delivering certainty on large-scale projects that enhance global travel networks.”

CPB Contractors and Leighton Asia Managing Director Román Garrido said: “Leighton Asia’s building expertise and strong track record of successfully delivering projects in busy, live operational environments are part of our core capabilities.

“We are committed to working with our client to achieve the project’s planned operational, social and economic benefits through innovative and cost-effective solutions.”

The project will expand the existing Terminal Building at HKIA, including the construction of a seven-storey reinforced concrete structure with steel truss roof with associated new check-in counters, baggage reclaim carousels, departure security screening channels, and departure immigration counters.

Works on the Carpark 4 facilities expansion include the delivery of an 11-storey reinforced concrete structure connecting to the existing Carpark 4 and Terminal 1 arrivals ramp.

Construction is scheduled to commence in April 2017 and be completed in 2019.

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Jun 17, 2021

Webuild and Lane to build railway in Texas

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Italian construction firm Webuild and its U.S. subsidiary Lane Construction sign a US$16bn contract to build a railway in Texas

Webuild, formerly known as Salini Impregilo, has announced a US$16bn agreement to build a high-speed railway between Dallas and Houston in Texas. The project has been described as the “final step” before financial closure for the company, which Webuild said was“foreseen in the coming months”. 

Passengers using the 236-mile long railway, which was developed by Texas LLC, will travel in Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains at 200mph, making one scheduled stop at Brazos Valley near Texas A&M University. This aims to shorten the total journey time between the two terminals from almost four hours to around 90 minutes, Texas LLC claims. The company hopes commercial operations will begin in 2026. 

According to Webuild, the new line will aim to target an estimated 100,000 “super commuters” who travel between the two cities by car and plane every week. Webuild said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 101,000 tonnes per year.

This contract is an update on a preliminary design-build agreement signed with Texas Central LLC in 2019, valued at $14bn. The deal confirms the US as Webuild's single biggest market, comprising some 35% of the group’s total order backlog.

Around 17,000 new direct jobs will be created as a result of the project, as well as 20,000 indirect ones. U.S. suppliers from states aim to provide an estimated US$7.3bn of materials to construct the railway in conjunction with services provided by Italian suppliers. 

Webuild and Lane will oversee the civil engineering works of the project. This includes the tracks themselves, the viaducts, and depot buildings. 

Three facts about bullet trains 

  • The fastest commercially operated bullet train is not in Japan, but China. It is capable of reaching speeds of up to 268mph… with passengers onboard. 
  • Bullet trains are one of the safest ways to travel. Over 10bn passengers have been on board a bullet train and no-one has ever been killed on one. 
  • The “tunnel boom effect” is powerful enough to blow a freight train over. When a bullet train exits a tunnel at over 200mph, the resulting sonic boom effect is so strong, it could blow a normal freight train off its tracks.

 

Image: Texas Central LLC.

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