The Star Online, 19 February 2013
Big success: (From left) UEM Builders Bhd director Tan Sri Omar Ibrahim, Ismail, MHA senior project director Mohd Shuhaimi Hassan, Rahim, Abdul Kadir and Mohd Razin at the event to commemmorate the early completion of the last approach span.
UEM Builders Bhd, a subsidiary of UEM Group Bhd, hit a significant milestone when it completed the installation of the final approach span for the Second Penang Bridge 106 days ahead of schedule.
The completion of the span means construction vehicles from the land connection in Batu Kawan can now commute to the main navigation span of the bridge towards Batu Maung.
Ultimately, construction vehicles will be able to get cross the bridge for a total distance of 16.9km with the completion of the main navigation span in April.
A special event was held on the deck of the Second Penang Bridge recently to commemorate the early completion of the last approach span.
Present were Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) deputy director of general business Rahim Goon, Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Dr Ismail Mohamed Taib, UEM Builders chairman Abdul Kadir Md Kassim, managing director Mohd Razin Ghazali and its board of directors, as well as representatives from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health and Department of Environment.
Speaking at the event, Mohd Razin said, “The ability to complete the installation of bridge segments 106 days ahead of schedule is indeed a big success.
“We have a good team of experienced engineers and professionals.
“We are always ready to take up any other projects of similar nature locally and internationally”.
Spanning 24km long, the Second Penang Bridge will not only become the longest bridge in South-East Asia and the first built using seismic design criteria.