Bina Puri bags RM81m Bangkok warehouse distribution centre job
Bina Puri Holdings Bhd has bagged a RM80.88 million contract from Thai Consumer Distribution Centre Co Ltd to build a warehouse distribution centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
Myanmar's Dawei infrastructure project in trouble
The budget for the construction of the project was set at US$8 billion. But two years have been passed and the project has used only US$52 million, the source said.
The project, implemented by Italian-Thai Development (IDP) has been importing construction tools and machinery since January 2011.
Although the company has spent on tools and machinery for the project, the amount invested is unknown and there has been no transparency. It is believed that the company is in financial difficulty, the source said.
Construction tools and machinery were imported via Nabule and Htikhi border trade centres last year. This year, they've been brought though the Nabule border trade centre.
Egco's solar power plants win ADB's loan
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing $85 million (Bt1.65 billion) for the construction of Solarco's three solar power plants in the central part of Thailand.
Solarco is a special-purpose company owned by Yanhee EGCO Holding, a subsidiary of Electricity Generating Plc, the country's first independent power producer and currently the second large private power producer in Thailand.
Under a public-private partnership programme, the three solar power plants will generate 57 megawatt.
"ADB is contributing to build a critical mass of successful large scale solar power projects in Thailand, which will give confidence to more investors and banks that solar power is a proven technology and a sound investment," said Daniel Wiedmer, Senior Investment Specialist at ADB's Private Sector Operations Department.
MRTA and SRT oversee Bt2-trillion rail plan
Big roles for MRTA, SRT in expansion drive
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) and State Railway of Thailand (SRT) are tasked with implementing multiple rail and mass-transit projects under the Bt2-trillion state borrowing programme.
The government is awaiting parliamentary approval for its proposed legislation to borrow the massive amount.
According to Yongsit Rojsrikul, governor of the MRTA, his agency alone is responsible for eight elevated-train and subway projects in Bangkok and peripherals under the programme.
"The Purple Line of 23 kilometres from Bang Yai to Bang Sue is under construction," Yongsit said. "It's now 50 per cent completed. Another project, the extended Blue Line, which is more than 20km long, is also under construction. The third project under way is the south Green Line, which is 17km long, from Bearing to Samut Prakan.
Ch Karnchang gets Phase 2 of Bearing-Samut Prakan route
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has contracted Ch Karnchang for construction of the second phase of Green Line route between Bearing and Samut Prakan, worth about Bt2.4 billion.
MRTA chairman Ratchanee Treepipatkul said the contract would involve design and construction of the rail system, the third rail powering the electric train, and the maintenance centre. The construction will require 1,350 days. The elevated route will be 13 kilometres in length and include nine stations.
Purple Line readies for 2016 debut - New route expected to add 100,000 travellers
The long delayed Purple Line mass transit project is expected to be operational by 2016 as the operating and maintenance contract is estimated to be approved by the cabinet after Songkran, says subway operator Bangkok Metro Plc (BMCL).
The project was scheduled to start services in 2014 but massive flooding in 2011 caused delays to construction, said BMCL president Chaiwat Utaiwan.
He said the new route will help add another 100,000 passengers on top of estimated ridership of 270,000 for this year.
Mr Chaiwat said construction of the 16-kilometre route is halfway done and should take another 40 months before it is operational.
Thailand: Energy minister says solar roof to become more popular
Solar roofs are expected to be more popular in Thailand in the coming years given falling solar cell costs and rising gas prices, says energy expert and former energy minister Piyasvasti Amranand, the Bangkok Post reports.
In the longer term, LNG prices will rise in line with global oil prices.
Solar power can also be a power back-up, particularly during peak hours. Normally, solar panels generate electricity during peak hours given the intensity of the sunlight.
Developers leaning towards demolition of apartments
The developers of the "Leaning Towers of Pathum Thani" are today due to announce whether or not they will demolish the 100 million baht project and rebuild.
Don Muang Grand Plaza Co Ltd has so far invested 70 million baht to build two apartment blocks with 132 rooms in each, located behind Zeer Rangsit Mall in Lam Luk Ka. Zeer Rangsit Mall owns the property.
"There is an 80% chance that we will destroy the building and rebuild again," the company said in a statement after a meeting with residents from the nearby Pummarin housing estate on Thursday.
"But we can't confirm what we are going to do with the building at the moment. We are still looking into the problem and considering the best solution," the statement said, adding they would announce their decision today.
Ku Kot municipality issued an evacuation order for the area on Monday, after police started receiving reports from local residents on Sunday that one of the towers was collapsing. Work was immediately suspended and labourers evacuated from the construction site.
BEUMER Group Opens New Factory Building in Thailand
BEUMER Group celebrated the official opening of the new factory building in Thailand, located in the eastern Chachoengsao Province.
BEUMER aims to offer more support for customers in this high-growth market and continue its practice of strategic internationalisation. In Chachoengsao Province, east of Bangkok, the intralogistics specialist has created a local presence with the founding of BEUMER (Thailand) Co. Ltd. enabling a fast delivery of spare parts and optimised service for the benefit of its customers. "I am convinced that, with the construction of a new building here in Asia, we have done exactly the right step to keep up with the growth of the Southeast Asian market", said Dr. Christoph Beumer. Peter Weiß, director of BEUMER group company in Thailand, called the successfully completed construction "a milestone". The building, with a production area and an office area of 1,000 square meters each, was finished in less than a year. It accommodates 80 workplaces in total. From now on, established BEUMER products will be prepared for delivery and components will be manufactured locally according to BEUMER quality standards.
Part of Purple Line train route to be run as MRT
The board of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has decided that the connection between the MRT subway and the Purple Line rail should be constructed and run by Bangkok Metro Plc (BMCL), and be an underground train line like the MRT.
Pak Bara seaport (Satun) plan to continue in face of opposition
The government is determined to go ahead with the construction of the Pak Bara seaport, in Satun Province of Thailand, despite criticism by environmentalists and local fishermen.
Marine Department Director-general Sorasak Sansombat said that the government will press ahead with the Pak Bara seaport project, which has been delayed for over a decade.
Flood plans doomed to fail, engineers warn
The government's ambitious Bt350 billion water and flood management plans will likely fail to be completed within the five-year deadline due to environmental hurdles and opposition from communities over land expropriation, the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) warned yesterday.
The flood-management plans for dams, reservoirs, a massive diversion channel and retention areas would be required to undergo environmental and health impact assessments. The massive projects will also require the cooperation of local communities and will take up large amounts of land. These processes, especially environmental assessment, will take at least two years to complete for each project, the EIT said.
Moreover, some projects will take more than five years negotiate the land deals with locals in order to avoid lawsuits, said EIT chairman Suwat Chaopreecha.
Skies clear over Dawei
New strategy agreed on by Thai and Myanmar governments secures the future of industrial and logistics megaproject, with contractor ITD still playing a leading role