Two major Malaysian infrastructure projects — the second Penang bridge and the Penang International Airport expansion — are well on track to meet their completion deadlines. The airport’s first stage, costing RM250 million (US$81 million) is set to open in January 2012 and the new bridge, at RM4.5 billion ($1.45 billion) should be ready by November 2013.

The Prime Minister’s Department said it was happy with the progress so far and has requested priority be given to local contractors in tendering for the projects, probably worth around RM175 million (RM100 for the bridge and RM75 for the airport).

Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd was formed by the government especially to deliver the 24km bridge, which began construction in 2008 and is currently 34% completed. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd is overseeing the other project, which will see a number of upgrades to Penang’s International gateway such as a much larger departure hall, extra check-in counters and baggage handling facilities, and separate departure/arrival halls for domestic and international travelers.

source & article: Business Times