Tunnel project boosts Balfour

BALFOUR BEATTY, the international engineering, construction, investment and services proup, has announced that Gammon Construction, the infrastructure contractor in Hong Kong in which the group has a 50% shareholding, has won a £300M contract from the Hong Kong government to build a sewage conveyance system.

The contract is the largest single civil engineering contract ever won by Gammon, and the project is due for completion in 2014.

Work will comprise construction of three deep tunnels, totalling 12km in length and up to 165m in depth, which will form a main part of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) Stage 2A. The tunnels will collect and convey preliminarily treated sewage along the north of Hong Kong Island and under Victoria Harbour to Stonecutters Island for chemical treatment.

Commenting on the contract award today, Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler said: "We are delighted to have been selected to carry out this important infrastructure project. Gammon's advanced capabilities, technological standards and expertise in tunnelling work, including work on HATS Stage 1, were all factors in securing the contract."

To enhance safety on the project, a specialised tunnel personnel tracking system will be developed to enhance the working environment and electrically powered equipment will be used for the tunnelling operation.

The project Gammon Construction is 50% owned by Balfour Beatty and 50% by Jardine Matheson, the major Asian trading and manufacturing group.

Gammon is Hong Kong's largest and most successful contractor with more than 2,000 employees.

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