Progress in Penang with the Gurney Wharf Project (and other topics)

Compared to the activity on the Gurney Wharf Project a few months ago, it’s very quiet now. In the photo below you can see a tiny bit of activity near the shore, and more activity on the island.

developments in Penang - the Gurney Wharf Project

Other than what can be seen in this photo, taken two days ago, all is quiet. Having read the documentation it appears it is in the settling stage. This is where they put another layer of (what appears to be) sand on top of the reclaimed land. So the land can settle. And then they leave it for six to nine months. This they call surcharging the site and you can read how it is done here.

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The engineers monitor the settlement, and when the seabed clay reaches the targeted settlement magnitude they remove the surcharge layer to the designed platform level. To use their terminology.

Once they remove the surcharge the site is reportedly ready for construction. As I understand it, then the construction company site turns over the site to the Penang government so they can develop the park. So perhaps this will happen from the beginning of next year on. Depending on how quickly the reclaimed land settles.

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