The Project Management Consultancy Work Worth RM50 Million Awarded to Opus Consultants Set to Spur Socio-Economic Development of Sarawak
Full Release: KUALA LUMPUR, 16 April 2019 – OPUS Consultants, the Asset Consultancy arm of UEM Edgenta Berhad (UEM Edgenta), has been appointed by the Sarawak Government as the Project Management Consultant for the RM11 billion State’s Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Roads project, which is estimated to be completed across a span of 8 years.
The first work package for the project, which is valued at RM50 million was awarded to OPUS Consultants recently and will see the Company, working together with Sarawak Public Works Department, in providing overall project management and technical expertise. This includes to oversee key deliverables within the project work scope such as preliminary and detailed designs of 20 work packages ranging from the development of new roads and bridges, including 4 iconic Cable-Stayed bridges and pavement rehabilitation works.
OPUS Consultants will also be overseeing upgrading works of approximately 300 kilometres (km) of the existing 896km of coastal roads; construction of 10 new bridges for the Coastal Road Network Project; and construction of 232km for Second Trunk Roads project.
The Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Roads project was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Openg in Sarikei, Sarawak on 6 April 2019.
The Coastal Road Network is set to provide the State’s coastal area with better access and seamless connectivity between towns namely – Kota Samarahan, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau, Kabong, Tanjong Manis, Daro, Matu, Balingian and Bintulu to the Pan Borneo Highway network. The Second Trunk Roads project on the other hand will link Kuching and Sibu to the Pan Borneo Highway network through Sebuyau, Seri Aman and the Betong link.
Dato’ Azmir Merican, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta said, “Being awarded this mega project is a significant milestone for us and we’re proud to be playing a key role in providing vital infrastructure for the State which could lead to positive socio-economic development for its people, such as the ability to reduce travel time, as well as spur commercial activities in the local area specifically and the State, in general.
“To realise this iconic project, we will utilise our multi-disciplinary approach and expertise as well as source for local talents which will make-up 51 percent of our total workforce in Sarawak, all of whom will be provided with intensive training, as well as knowledge transfer,” he added.
Ir. Dr. Tony Chan, Chief Operating Officer of OPUS Consultants said, “We look forward to working together with the Sarawak Government in completing this project within the stipulated timeline and we envision this working relationship to extend further in other future projects by the State”.