KUALA LUMPUR, 30  AUGUST –  UEM Construction Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Government Linked  Company, UEM Group Berhad and the main contractor of the new terminal dedicated to serve low cost carriers at Kuala  Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) said that construction of the complex is progressing  well and on track.

Dato’  Izzaddin Idris, Group Managing Director/Chief  Executive Officer of UEM Group Berhad said today, “Following the mobilisation  of our resources, UEM Construction along with our joint venture partner Bina Puri Holdings Bhd is currently undertaking preliminary groundwork that comprises  surveying, drainage and detail design works of the Main Terminal and Satellite  buildings. Piling works has started and after which, we will commence on the  sub-structure and superstructure works.”

Izzaddin  said this following a ground breaking ceremony of the new terminal held today by  the Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

He  went on to say, “While the project is no doubt challenging, we are confident that  under present circumstances, we are able to meet deadline and handover the  newly constructed terminal by the end of the 20 months timeline (April 2012) and  within the stipulated time budget without compromising on quality and safety.  This is achievable as we have the resources, expertise and experience we can  tap on.”

As  an engineering-based conglomerate, UEM Group has completed many local and  international infrastructure projects including the KLIA Satellite building,  the Light Rail Transit System 2 (LRT), the North-South Expressway and National  Sports Complex, College Technology in Qatar as well as construction and  maintenance of several highways in India.

UEM Construction and Bina Puri  Holdings Bhd were awarded the RM997.227 million project by Malaysia  Airports Holdings Berhad on July 16 this year. Both parties will be undertaking  the design, construction, completion, testing and commissioning plus  maintenance of the new main terminal building, satellite building, sky bridge  and piers.

It  is said that the new terminal for the low cost carriers is able to handle 30 million  passengers yearly, will have 68 gates and to increase efficiency it will be  equipped with a new runaway.