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
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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