Nov 20, 2020

Hill wins construction support services in Los Angeles

Dominic Ellis
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Contract awarded by LA Metro for significant improvement project on US Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County
Contract awarded by LA Metro for significant improvement project on US Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County...

Hill International, the global construction risk management firm, has been selected by the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to provide construction support services for a significant improvement project on US Interstate 5 (I-5).

In cooperation with Caltrans District 7, Metro is undertaking a project to improve the conditions of the I-5 as it passes through northern Los Angeles County, in the area of Santa Clarita – approximately 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Los Angeles, according to a statement.

Work will extend from the I-5/SR 14 Interchange to Parker Road in Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County. This 22km stretch covers other major interchanges, including State Route 126 and Magic Mountain Parkway. 

Improvements include the addition of high-occupancy vehicle lanes along the median of I-5, the creation of and maintenance of existing truck lanes, and the construction of auxiliary lanes between on-ramps and subsequent off-ramps.

The project will also involve intelligent transportation system improvements, including traffic control stations, closed-circuit television cameras, and ramp metering. 

These improvements will enable the road to handle more traffic at peak hours and provide a safer and faster commute for the residents of northern Los Angeles County, the statement says.

“In Los Angeles, traffic affects our quality of life substantially,” says Hill Vice President and project Senior Construction Engineer David Tiberi, PE. “By undertaking infrastructure improvement projects, Metro is saving time and money for the millions of people who live and work in Los Angeles County. Our local team is ready to support Metro’s project with high-quality construction support services and help deliver the work on time and under budget.”

As the construction support services consultant on the project, Hill will assist Metro staff in providing construction management oversight for the project. Hill’s support services will begin in the contract procurement phase, continue through pre-construction activities and construction, and culminate in the construction contract closeout, the statement explains.

In addition, Hill team members will support Metro during inspections, provide administrative support, and offer various technical assistance throughout the lifecycle of the project. Managing and confirming compliance with contract requirements and government regulations will also be part of Hill’s remit.

“We’re proud to continue offering our services to Metro—a client we are fortunate to have supported on many transportation projects over the years,” says Hill Chief Executive Officer Raouf Ghali. 

“Our teams have also accrued valuable experience supporting other I-5 improvement projects with different government agencies, such as the Orange County Transportation Authority. These projects are critical to keeping Southern California moving and we look forward to bringing the industry-leading services our teams regularly provide throughout the region to Metro’s I-5 improvement project.”

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Aug 3, 2021

Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project

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Masdar and Indonesian electrical power organisation PT PLN and have started constructing a 145MW photovoltaic (PV) floating solar project in West Java

UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank. 

Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”

Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase. 

During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives. 

“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added. 

 Facts about solar energy

  1. Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
  2. The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
  3. China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone. 

Image: Masdar

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