MT Højgaard is to build a bridge spanning 830 meters between the resort island of Rangali Finolhu in the Maldives and the adjacent island.
MT Højgaard signed a contract with Crown Company on 16 May 2012 for the construction of a reinforced concrete bridge spanning 830 meters between the resort island of Rangali Finolhu and the adjacent island.
The design and build contract is being fast tracked to start on site 1 June 2012 to coincide with the tourist low season. The bridge will consist of 747 pre-cast concrete units, and to minimise on site construction time, our existing pre-cast facilities are being extended on Thilafushi Island near the capital Male. From here they will be shipped the 60 nautical miles to the site in Alifu Dhaalu Atoll by landing craft vessels.
─ The site team are being supported by our in-house design and engineering department which will enable the design and construction process to be accelerated. We have a proven track record here in the Maldives where we are known for our capability to complete contracts on time and budget, says MT Højgard's Project Manager John Currie.
Approaching a new market
MT Højgaard has thus far completed harbour, coastal protection, road and bridge projects on 31 Maldivian islands in 16 of the atolls from Haa Alif in the north to Addu in the south. This is the first time that MT Højgaard is to carry out an assignment for one of the Maldives' many resorts.
─ I am sure our skills in marine and civil engineering works can benefit the resort market in the future as well as continuing to create important infrastructure for the people of the Maldives, says Currie.
MT Højgaard has been present in the Maldives since 1999. To function successfully in the island nation, MT Højgaard has in-house production for all their works and all their own equipment. A centralised pre-cast yard and dedicated load-out harbour adjacent to the capital Male as well as a motivated, mainly local, workforce (approximately 85 percent) bodes well for the future.