PENANG, June 20 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said six main factors may cause a delay in the completion of the second Penang bridge by 2012.
Lim said due to the six factors, which include a study to ensure its strength against unforeseen accidents or natural disaster, the bridge that was scheduled to be completed in 2012, can only be completed by September 2013.
“First and foremost we need to study whether the bridge can withstand the impact, if a ship knocks into its pillars accidentally,” he told reporters after inspecting works carried out at the bridge here today.
The second study required is to find out if the structure would be able to sustain the impact of an earth quake while the third would be to study the earth structure of the sea where the bridge would be build.
“Three other factors are very technical issues,” he said when asked of an expected delay in then completion of the second Penang bridge.
Lim said work on the new bridge was progressing well with 25 per cent of the work on the 23.5km bridge completed according to schedule.
The second bridge, the longest in South East Asia, connecting Batu Kawan on the mainland to Batu Maung on the island, is being carried out through a joint-venture between China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Ltd and UEM Builders Bhd.
Meanwhile, Lim said he was ready to meet the Barisan Nasional leadership, to discuss toll rates for both the bridges in Penang. — Bernama