MTD Walkers announces projects for 2012
MTD Walkers, Sri Lanka’s only listed, fully-fledged engineering and
infrastructure development company, continues to affirm its role in the
nation’s infrastructure development drive through its subsidiary CML MTD
Construction Ltd contracting to construct the A32, which is an important
conduit between the North and the South. Meanwhile, their other
subsidiary, Walkers Piling has won the piling contract for the new
five-star international hotel Softlogic Movenpick.
According to MTD Walkers PLC, Chief Financial Officer Viraj de Silva,
these projects are two of the largest contracts to be undertaken by any
engineering company in 2011. ‘We have successfully won these contracts
and both these projects are slated for completion within the next two
years,’ de Silva said.
As one of the best rated general contractors in the country
specializing in road construction, railway and road bridges, the company
will undertake the construction of 36 kilometers of A32 roadway which is
expected to be completed by 2013. After completion, the A32 road will
connect the North with the South and will be the shortest route from
Colombo to Jaffna. De Silva added that the cost of the road construction
is Rs. 1.7 billion. CML-MTD Construction has also received a letter of
acceptance for the reconstruction of the Giriulla-Narammala Highway at a
value of Rs 1.4 billion.
The company has received the highest CI grading in three construction
sectors, namely highways, bridges and land reclamation. The company also
has received ISO-9001:2008 Quality Standard certification from BVQI for
its management systems in connection with earth moving and land grading,
roads, road bridges, railway bridges, industrial parks, irrigation
systems, storm water drainage, port construction and building of
revetments, sheet piling, concrete pile driving, pre-cast concrete
products, industrial mining, quarrying and crushing. In continuation of
its policy of being extremely sensitive to environmental impacts caused
by construction activities and considering the steps taken to minimize
such impacts the company recently obtained ISO 14001-2004 certification
for Environmental Management Systems from SGS.
The company has already successfully completed the construction of
substantial components of the new Southern Expressway and is in the
process of contributing specialist construction capacity for
constructing the Colombo-Katunayaka Expressway.
Meanwhile, Walkers’ Piling (Pvt) Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of MTD
Walkers and one of the largest piling contractors in Sri Lanka has
secured the contract to carry out piling work on the world renowned
Movenpick Hotel, commissioned by Softlogic. Walkers Piling will commence
work this month using the specialized ‘secant’ piling technique which is
frequently used overseas for deep excavation. The Softlogic Movenpick
Hotel is one of several international hotels slated to commence
operations in Sri Lanka following the post-war nation development drive.
MTD Walkers Piling, Chief Operating Officer, Lal Perera said,
‘Winning this contract is an endorsement of our strength and confidence
as one of the most reliable companies to handle such large projects. We
have previously carried out numerous large projects successfully and are
now in the forefront of this industry.’
For the past 30 years, Walkers Piling (Pvt) Ltd., the pioneer pile
foundation company in Sri Lanka, has been specializing in pile
The company was incorporated in 1981 along with Voltas International
Limited of India as a joint venture with approvals from the Foreign
Investment Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka. In 2008, the company was
acquired by MTD Walkers PLC, the only fully-fledged multi disciplinary
engineering company in Sri Lanka.