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Indra succeeded in boosting Fiji airports’ capacity to support the tourism industry

July 21, 2021 Indra’s ATM team in Australia and the Fiji Airports’ engineering team have jointly succeeded to deliver a major safety upgrade to the the capital’s airport of Nausori. The installation of the new Instrument Landing System (ILS) from Indra will enable more reliable and safer operations to and from the airport, whilst also absorbing more traffic and aiding Nadi International Airport to deal with the country’s increasing popularity as a tourism destination. The island’s challenging topography and the layout of the Nausori airport made the local air traffic service provider think that installing an ILS was technically impossible, but Indra proved its capacity to handle the most challenging environmental conditions. Professionals from Indra in Australia worked with the client to successfully implement the new NORMARC ILS and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) for the airport’s single runway. The solution now allows larger aircraft like the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 to land safely, even in adverse weather conditions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This gives the Fijian capital Suva a real boost to attract new international business and tourists. This new capability also enables Nausori airport to act as an alternative airport to the nearby Nadi International Airport The project was delivered on time amidst ongoing COVID-19 imposed travel restrictions and local lock-downs. This is Indra’s 11th ILS/DME to be installed in the Pacific in the last 5 years, and confirms the position of the company as the leading supplier of CNS solutions to the region. Kelepi Dainaki, Manager of Air Navigation Engineering Services, Fiji Airport said, “I would like to thank Indra for its advice and assistance for this project’s success”. Fiji’s gateway to the world The project contributes to the great effort that Fiji Airports is making to upgrade and expand the capacity of Nadi International Airport to attract tourists. Fiji’s air service provider is investing $3 billion to transform this airport, its gateway to the world. 85% of travelers landing in this airport are in fact tourists. The sector generates revenue of $1.7 bn a year and is responsible for over 108,000 jobs. This is in addition to the nearly 20,000 jobs that airport operators, airport on-site enterprises (restaurants and retail), aircraft manufacturers, and air navigation service providers generate, either directly or indirectly. This picture gives a clear idea of how important it is for a country like Fiji to have the best air navigation and air traffic management systems in place to guarantee airlines the highest standards of safety and the best service. Indra is a worldwide leader in this sector and, through its subsidiary in Australia, is assuring the best service in the Ocean Pacific region.  

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SICE extends their long-term commitments to transforming Sydney’s road network with a new major project with the NSW Government

July 20, 2021 Source: SICE  SICE announced today a new contract awarded by CBP Ghella UGL (CGU) Joint Venture for the M6 Stage 1 tunnel and motorway to deliver the Operations Management and Control System (OMCS). This project extends SICE’s long-term commitment to transforming Sydney’s road network in partnership with the NSW Government, as the M6 Stage 1 connects underground into the WestConnex M8, also controlled by SICE’s OMCS. SICE is appointed to deliver its unique federated OMCS architecture that will allow for low risk, safe, staged construction of one of the longest underground networks in the world. This M6 Stage 1 tunnel and roadway will connect a federation of control systems in a seamless, fully integrated control room. This greater interoperability will allow faster and safer travel for Sydney motorists. SICE’s scope for this project also includes software, control room hardware and master programmable logic controllers. By participating in this project, SICE’s team feel proud to be part of the transformational road agenda in Sydney. SICE senior management is sincerely grateful to the NSW Government and CGU Joint Venture for trusting SICE with another step in Sydney’s transport transformation journey. SICE’s team offers a low-risk solution by providing continuity of engineering skills improved from stage to stage from previously completed WestConnex projects, higher quality solutions, and innovative technology for the CGU Joint Venture and the NSW Government. The M6 Stage 1 proposes a multi-lane road link that aims to provide better connectivity to Sydney’s south by shortening up to 15 minutes of motorist commutes in a safer, shorter, and reliable way. This first stage will consist of an approximately four-kilometre twin tunnel that connects the WestConnex M8 at Arncliffe to President Avenue at Kogarah. The $2.52 billion contract is expected to start construction in 2022 and be opened to motorists by the end of 2025. Read the full article here. Image source: NSW Government 

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First major tunnelling under the contract awarded to Acciona Construction and Ferrovial Construction (Australia) Joint Venture

July 16, 2021 Source: Sydney Metro A $1.96 billion contract has been awarded to start tunnelling on the mega Metro West project. Construction work will begin immediately to deliver 11 kilometres of twin metro rail tunnels between Sydney Olympic Park and The Bays. Mega tunnel boring machines will be in the ground before the end of next year, under the contract awarded to Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Ferrovial Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd Joint Venture. The contract includes: -Twin 11 kilometre metro railway tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park; -Excavation and civil works for five new stations at The Bays, Five Dock, Burwood North, North Strathfield and Sydney Olympic Park; -Two double-shield, hard rock TBMs; -A crossover cavern at Burwood North and one of the two precast concrete factories at Eastern Creek; -More than 70,000 concrete segments to line the twin tunnels; -Two access shafts at Burwood North and The Bays; -A TBM launch site at The Bays Station and a TBM retrieval site at Sydney Olympic Park Station. -Completion of the tunnelling contract is expected in 2025. Sydney Metro West will double rail capacity between Greater Sydney and the Sydney CBD, with customers able to get from Parramatta to the Sydney CBD in around 20 minutes on a fast, safe and reliable driverless metro train. Sydney Metro West will create more than 10,000 direct new jobs and 70,000 indirect jobs, with many of these jobs generated by this major contract. To build these tunnels a broad range of skills will be required including tunnellers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, concrete workers, truck drivers, labourers and security guards. Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Ferrovial Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd Joint Venture) was awarded the first of three major tunnelling contracts after a competitive tender process involving three shortlisted companies. The remaining two tenderers John Holland, CPB Contractors and Ghella Australia Joint Venture (JHCPBG JV) and Gamuda and Laing O’Rourke Australia Joint Venture (GALC JV) will now bid for the Western Tunnelling Package, with the successful tenderer awarded a contract to build nine kilometres of twin tunnels between Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park. This second major contract is expected to be awarded by the end of this year. Read the full article here.

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