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Tacit partners on the Penang Strait promote project construction

Updated: 2023-11-23
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On Oct 22, the 14th prefabricated substructure of the 275KV cross-sea power transmission line project in Penang, Malaysia, built by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), was successfully hoisted, marking the project entering into the fast lane.


Visual representation of the 275KV cross-sea power transmission line project in Penang, Malaysia

Developed by TNB and at a total length of 9.6 kilometers, this project spans the Penang Strait and is adjacent to the first cross-sea bridge of Penang. The project will construct 31 transmission towers, with 6 towers featuring a unique betel nut-shaped design, and is expected to become a landmark and iconic landscape of Penang.

Ahmad Hafizi Bin Rosely, a Malaysian engineer working on this project, and Cai Wei, responsible person of the project from China, have known each other for 7 years. Years of working together have enabled them to have a deep understanding.


Photo of Cai Wei (left) and Ahmad Hafizi Bin Rosely (right)

Hafizi went to a Chinese school during his primary years, which laid a foundation in Chinese for him. In 2016, Hafiz started his career at China Harbour Engineering. "I became involved in the Malaysia SUKE CA4 highway project as soon as I started working here. I knew nothing about bridge technology, but the project team assigned an experienced engineer, Cai Wei, to give me instructions, helping me grow quickly," said Hafizi.

Engaged in the Chinese team, Hafizi has grown from an ordinary technician to a technical backbone, starting from the SUKE CA4 highway project and advancing to the Penang cross-sea transmission line project. At the same time, Cai Wei has grown from a deputy manager to project leader.

Compared with the past when Hafizi and Cai Wei needed to work together to ensure the smooth progress of the project, now, they can work separately, with one handling the procedures with the local government departments and the other pushing forward the progress of the project.

Hafizi is also passionate about Chinese culture. Every Chinese New Year, he participates in the dumpling-making and spring couplet activities organized by the project team.

Hafizi said, "Working with Chinese colleagues in project construction has allowed me to learn a lot of technical skills. I am eager to visit China someday and gain more understanding of Chinese culture."

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