Royal Brunei Naval Base Expansion

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The Government of Brunei, Ministry of Defence, engaged GHD and joint venture partners Australian Construction Services and Damit Bakar Consultants, to design, supervise and project manage the Muara Naval Base expansion works. The aim was to extend the existing Naval base to support three new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and to update the current facilities.

Valued at AUD$150 million, the construction project work was prepared into separate packages and included:

  • Dredging 130,000 cubic metres of sand around berth and shiplift pocket
  • Driving 1578 steel and spun concrete piles and the construction of 41,000sq m of reinforced concrete deck
  • Construction of a 314m long quay capable of berthing three OPVs
  • Supply and installation of a 3350-feet ‘shiplift’ to lift and transfer vessels from the harbour to hardstand areas on the deck
  • Construction of two 50m-high ship sheds for vessel maintenance and support buildings to provide suitable workshops capable of carrying out the refit of vessels, inclusive of all M&E services
  • Assisting the client develop the site for the Royal Brunei Navy

GHD prepared tender documentation and provided detailed design work. The design and documentation involved civil, structural, architectural, water, mechanical and electrical disciplines, with a total of 1500 drawings being required for project definition. Throughout the project management process, GHD liaised extensively with Brunei local authorities and the Royal Brunei Navy.

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