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Highgate building bridges with Hydroelectric Power project

Arcadia Energy (Australian partner to Simongo Energy in Indonesia) appointed Highgate Management to provide Project Management, Commercial Management and Clients Representative services for a hydroelectric power project in Indonesia; set to deliver 12MW power from 2015.

Hydroelectric Power Project Indonesia

ABOVE: The 12MW hydroelectric power project in Sumatra, Indonesia is due to be completed in 2015. The replacement bridge was successfully completed this month as part of the project.

A recent milestone on the project saw the completion of a replacement bridge to provide safe access for the community during and after construction of the mass gravity dam and gated spillway.

Highgate Director, Gary Henderson, comments: “The new bridge is larger, safer and offers the ability to increase trade and work opportunities for the local community. We’ve also made the route from the village shorter and safer with the improvements of access gradients.”

The next phase of the hydroelectric power project will deliver further benefits to the local community with the installation of a hydraulic ram pump, which uses the power of flowing water to pump a smaller quantity of water at much higher pressure, requiring no fuel or electricity. This will save the villagers from travelling down a steep hill to get their water.

Highgate is successfully managing this complex project by co-ordinating between an Indonesian civil contractor, a Chinese designer and a Chinese electro mechanical contractor, implementing safety protocols to meet International Standards, and finding local, quality contractors.

Gary Henderson continues: “There are many challenges to this complex project – managing international teams in a number of languages is one such challenge. We have been very pleased with the quality of work being undertaken in Sumatra. The completion of the bridge as a first phase has been a real milestone and we look forward to completing the next phase in an equally successful way.”

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