Hong Kong International Airport selects Aconex for Three Runway System
Aconex Limited has announced that the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has selected the Aconex platform for the design and construction of the 10-year Three Runway System (3RS) project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
The new 3RS project, valued at HK$141.5 billion is part of the HKIA Master Plan 2030 published by the AAHK in 2011 and is intended to balance economic development with environmental conservation and sustainability. Aconex was awarded the 3RS project in an open tender process.
The AAHK will use Aconex as a ‘project communication system’ to connect the entire project team on a single collaboration platform for managing information and processes through all phases of the project lifecycle.
Project Scope Comparable to a New Airport
The scope of the 3RS project approaches the design and construction of a new airport:
- Reclamation of approximately 650 hectares of land north of the existing airport island, using non-dredge methods such as a deep cement mixing technique
- A new 3,800-metre runway and supporting taxiway systems, as well as reconfiguration of the existing north runway
- A Third Runway Passenger Building with more than 280,000 square metres of floor space, 57 new parking spaces, and an apron
- Expansion of the existing Terminal 2 to provide arrival, departure and other passenger services
- A new 2,600-metre Automated People Mover (APM) system connecting Terminal 2 with the new passenger building and capable of transporting up to 10,800 passengers per hour
- A new Baggage Handling System (BHS) linking Terminal 2 with the new Third Runway Passenger Building
- Construction of other associated airport support infrastructure, a road network and transportation facilities.
On completion of the 3RS project, HKIA will be able to serve 30 million more passengers annually, as forecasted in the HKIA Master Plan 2030. As a point of comparison, the airport had served 68.5 million passengers and handled 4.38 million tonnes of cargo and 406,000 air traffic movements in 2015. The master plan accommodates further expansion of the passenger building facilities in the future, as needed.
“The 3RS project is a strategic addition to our portfolio of large airport projects around the world,” said Andy Lake, general manager of Asia at Aconex. “We appreciate the opportunity to support the AAHK and its project team on an environmentally sustainable infrastructure development that will have significant positive impact on the economic and business environment of Hong Kong.”
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Other major airport projects served by Aconex in recent years include Changi Airport in Singapore, Denver International Airport, Dubai International Airport, El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, King Shaka International Airport in Durban, Saint Helena International Airport, Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, and the state capital city airports in Australia.
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Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.