Naim completes Phase 1 of Kuching Flood Mitigation Project

KUCHING: Naim Cendera Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of public listed Naim Holdings Bhd, has successfully completed on schedule the Kuching Flood Mitigation Project (KFMP) Phase 1 Stage 1 on March 31.According to a press release, the government through the Department of Irrigation and Drainage commissioned the contract for the construction of the first two kilometres of the Flood Bypass Channel at the downstream end of the Sarawak River.

The turnkey contractor for the project was a joint venture between Naim Cendera Sdn Bhd and Ambang Project Manage¬ment Sdn Bhd.
Phase 1 Stage 1 costing about RM148.8 million includes the excavation of two kilometres of the proposed eight kilometres flood bypass channel, construction of disposal site for dredged materials and the access roads.

Excavation for the channel is mainly carried out using cutter suction dredgers by pumping the dredged material to sedi¬mentation ponds before the water is discharged back to the river.

An environmental monitoring programme was also undertaken to ensure that discharged water met the standards allowed by the authorities.

This project is imple¬mented by the government to alleviate the frequent flooding in Kuching and the surrounding areas.

The site was handed over to the Naim Cendera Sdn Bhd and Ambang Project Management JV in September 2008 whereupon the contractor immediately mobilised personnel, machinery and resources to commence site clearing, earthworks and associated works for the channel and the disposal site.

The initial dredger arrived on site in July 2009 for channel widening and deepening.
The flood mitigation project components will include the eight-kilometre flood bypass channel, gated barrage, tidal gate, two bridges, access road and a rock-fill causeway.

The completion of this phase of the project marks another milestone for the Naim Group that has so far completed 100 per cent of its contracts within scheduled delivery dates