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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 2



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 beck-

ons as the Singaporean government is investing billions

of dollars in its redevelopment from a for-

mer 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 earthmov-

ing required in the land reclamation pro-

cess 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


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 approxi-

mately 1 km long, and then unload at the

job site.

At present, the Volvo machines are de-

livering 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 ma-

terial will be moved over the five year


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 sched-

ule, the haulers are running at average speeds of be-

tween 20 km/h and 25 km/h over the course of a daily


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