An island in the making
Pulau Tekong Island started life as a tiny dot on the map in the middle of the Malacca Straits, off the coast of Singapore. But that little dot is getting bigger, thanks to a huge land reclamation project. KTC Group is leading the earth-moving work.
Sitting to the northeast of Singapore, Pulau Tekong Island is the largest island off the coast of mainland Singapore, covering an area of 24.43 km².
However, a new chapter in the island’s history beckons as the Singaporean government is investing billions of dollars in its redevelopment from a former military base. The project is part of the government’s plans to boost Singapore’s land space from its current 71,400 hectares to 76,600 hectares, and its population from 5.3 million to 6.9 million by 2030.
Handling the huge amount of earthmoving required in the land reclamation process is local contractor Kok Tong Construction Pte Ltd (KTC Group), which has 22 machines from Volvo CE on the job. In total there are eighteen A40E articulated haulers, two EC700 and two EC480 excavators.
The machines are running tirelessly, loading earth and sand that arrives at the island by barge before being transferred to the fleet of Volvo haulers for delivery to the required deposit points. The trucks travel along an uneven haul road approximately 1 km long, and then unload at the job site.
At present, the Volvo machines are delivering an average of 17,000 m³ of sand and earth during each 12 hour shift.
As the project progresses, the amount of earth and sand delivered to the project will increase. In total, 3 million m³ of material will be moved over the five year project.
At the project’s peak seven barges of imported earth and sand, each holding up to 4,000 m³ of material, will arrive at the island daily. To meet the demanding schedule, the haulers are running at average speeds of between 20 km/h and 25 km/h over the course of a daily shift.