COVID-19 crisis delays several infrastructure projects

first_imgThe budget changes will also cause a delay in several other projects, such as the development of the Way Sekampung Dam in Lampung, the Jragung Dam in Central Java, the Temef Dam in East Nusa Tenggara, the Kuningan East Ring Road in West Java and the construction of the Brebes Ring Road in Central Java. The ministry has also postponed supporting activities, such as project surveys and detailed engineering design plans.“The reallocation is also based on the postponement of nonphysical activities, such as survey work and detailed engineering design work,” said Basuki.The ministry reallocated Rp 44.58 trillion, 37 percent of its 2020 budget, to finance infrastructure for COVID-19 emergency measures, including the construction of Galang Hospital in Riau Islands at the former camp for Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Vietnam War. The hospital, which began operations in early April, is used as a quarantine and medical facility to handle COVID patients.Budget funds were also used to convert the athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, into a COVID hospital and to transform Gajah Mada University’s academy hospital into a COVID referral hospital in Yogyakarta.The COVID-19 crisis has also affected the construction of other infrastructure projects in Indonesia, including the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project that is expected to be delayed. Railway developer PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) had planned to finish the project and start operations in 2021.Topics : The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry will suspend a number of infrastructure projects following the ministry’s decision to reallocate a large part of its budget funds to efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Public Works and Public Housing Miniser Basuki Hadimuljono said Tuesday said the postponed projects included overhauling the irrigation network in Baro Raya in Pidie, Aceh, revamping the waterfront area in Pariaman, West Sumatra, and building the Sp Tohpati – Tjokroaminoto bridge in Denpasar, Bali.“The postponed projects will become priorities in 2021 and will be put up for auction in October 2020,” said Basuki during a meeting with House of Representative commission V on Tuesday.last_img read more

Huge offer for six-bedder too good to turn down

first_imgThe home at 390-402 Benhiam St, Calamvale.A CHINESE buyer has paid $7 million for a property with two titles in the outer Brisbane suburb of Calamvale — but he has no plans to develop it.The six-bedroom, brick home on a huge 20,400sq m site at 390-402 Benhiam Street attracted more than 100 people to its first open home, but there was one offer the owners could not refuse.Ray White Sunnybank Hills principal Eric Li, who negotiated the sale, said the buyer offered $7 million unconditional with a two-week settlement on the spot.“He just wanted to buy straight away,” Mr Li said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“He could see the competition and didn’t want to miss out.” The property at 390-402 Benhiam St, Calamvale.Mr Li said the buyer had been looking for a big block of land in the area and was very keen to buy.Perhaps surprisingly, he plans to move straight in with no intentions of developing the property.Mr Li said it was another example of the appetite from Chinese buyers for property in the Sunnybank area.The house is about 25 years old and has five bathrooms and a 10-car garage. It’s close to public transport, shops and Sunnybank. Calamvale is 17km from the CBD and has a median house price of $650,000.last_img read more

Two arrested after stabbing in Mason City last week

first_imgMASON CITY — Two men have been arrested in connection with a stabbing last Friday night in Mason City.Police say they were called to the 1300 block of North Federal, where 34-year-old Benny Montgomery was found with multiple stab wounds. Montgomery was transported to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center where he remains in critical condition at last report.Police on Thursday arrested 35-year-old Antoine Rodgers and 37-year-old Marvell Rodgers, both of Mason City. They are both charged with willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.Both are being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail without bond until they make an appearance before a magistrate.last_img read more

Port Increases Safety of Stormwater Treatment Plant

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaPort of Olympia has been working to identify and correct causes of the hydrogen peroxide spill that occurred at the Marine Terminal’s stormwater treatment plant on Jan. 28, 2015. The spill did not result in any chemicals entering Budd Inlet.Immediately following the release of the hydrogen peroxide, the Port had an independent engineering firm assess the cause of the spill and evaluate potential improvements to make the system even safer. The firm found that a non-vented ball valve was the cause of the spill and identified areas where the system can be improved for efficiency and safety.Port staff shared the engineering firm’s report with the Washington Dept of Ecology, which regulates industrial stormwater. Ecology asked the Port to proceed with design of the recommended improvements and the Port issued a contract with the same firm for the design services.The Port’s goal is to have the full treatment system and any recommended improvements on-line in early 2016. In the interim, the Port is maximizing treatment from other portions of the treatment system and used the hydrogen peroxide recovered from the release in the treatment process.State-of-the-Art FacilityPort of Olympia works closely with Ecology to ensure that the Port’s industrial stormwater treatment achieves regulatory requirements for water discharged into Puget Sound. The Port worked closely with its contractors to develop an innovative process to treat pollutants associated with log yard operations.The Port improved and modernized the stormwater treatment facility on the Marine Terminal in 2014. The project included building conveyance piping, treatment ponds, the facility building and systems.Governor Jay Inslee cut the ribbon and addressed Port staff and guests at the grand opening of the modern stormwater treatment facility on December 3, 2014.The construction contract for modernizing the Marine Terminal stormwater treatment system total was $9.9 million. Total construction costs including the contract, administration, engineering and permitting were $11.1 million. Port tenants are contributing to the costs of facility construction and operations.Port’s Commitment to Water QualityThe stormwater management program is a major element of Port of Olympia’s commitment to preventing, reducing and eliminating the discharge of pollutants into Puget Sound. Port staff work closely with tenants and Ecology to minimize the potential for pollutants to enter Budd Inlet from stormwater runoff flowing off impervious surfaces on Port properties.last_img read more