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This Week in Construction (and Other) News | 23 August 2020

A distinctly Asia-focused update this week, as:

  • Indonesia's plans to move its capital from Jakarta to Borneo are put on hold by Covid-19.

  • Beijing's historic Workers' Stadium is razed to make way for... a new stadium.

  • Singapore finding innovative ways to go green.

Indonesia Not Moving its Capital. Yet

Last year Indonesia unveiled a plan to relocate its capital from Java island to Borneo. The US$33 billion project was drawn up to reduce the strain on Jakarta - a city infamous for dreadful traffic problems and its sinking ground-level as a result of groundwater over-extraction.

Construction was scheduled to start next year, with a state palace, roads and buildings designed to lead the way for air and seaport upgrades in a new smart city. However, as with so much in 2020, Covid-19 has put the ambitious plans on hold.

We're putting as our number one priority the recovery of the economy and overcoming the pandemic. Suharso Monoarfa, Indonesia's Planning Minister

Check out the full story here.

Beijing Workers' Stadium Torn Down

Alongside the spectacular 'Bird's Nest' stadium, the inner-city Workers' Stadium is an iconic structure in Beijing, Channel News Asia reports. Or at least it was, as work began this week to demolish the grand old bowl as part of plans to build football infrastructure in a bid to win the right to host the FIFA World Cup.

Completion of the new stadium is scheduled to complete in December 2022 in time for a bid on the 2030 World Cup. The government has also started work building stadiums across China, with Guangzhou Evergrande recently starting work on a monster 100,000-seater stadium - something we posted about, back in May.

Singapore Starts Huge Floating Solar System Construction

With available land at a premium in Singapore, the city-state has to look at innovative ways to use its territory. And that's exactly what the forward-thinking island nation has done, with work beginning on one of Earth's biggest inland floating solar-panel fields. Yes, you read that correctly: floating.

Renew Economy reported this week that construction has already started on the 60MW Tengeh Reservoir project. When operational in 2021, the plan will generate enough clean energy to provide power to local water treatment plants - offsetting 6% of its annual energy needs in the process.




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