The contract was awarded by Malaysian Bio-XCell Sdn Bhd (“Bio-XCell”) - a joint venture company between Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn Bhd (BiotechCorp) and UEM Land Holdings Bhd.
Based in Nusajaya, Wilayah Iskandar, Malaysia, the new 150-acre park is being created as part of an initiative by the Malaysian Government to develop its healthcare and industrial biotechnology facilities.
Umberto della Sala, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Foster Wheeler AG, described the deal as exemplifying confidence in Foster Wheeler’s technology. He said, “This award reflects value we are able to add in helping our clients to develop a robust design basis upon which to obtain engineering, procurement and construction bids, and also demonstrates Bio-XCell’s confidence in our technical and project management capabilities.”
Della Sala added, “Malaysia is a strategically important market for us, in which we are extending our client base and expanding our local operation to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to Malaysian and international clients.”
The park is set to feature green initiatives such as natural lighting, passive cooling, solar energy and rainwater harvesting and will include a central hub consisting of offices, laboratories, canteen, 22 standard building shells, and larger land plots for custom-built facilities.
All facilities will be supplied with chilled water and steam from a central utility facility (CUF) that will also treat all wastewater. Planned to be built in phases, the initial CUF design includes a 30 ton package boiler and a 40 ton biomass boiler, which will use palm waste as its fuel.
The chilled water will be produced by three 3,750 KW chillers. Meanwhile the CUF is also being designed for future growth, to accommodate two more 40 ton biomass boilers and four more 3,750 KW chillers in the future.
In addition to assisting with contractor selection for the detailed design and construction of the CUF, Foster Wheeler will review and monitor the design, construction and commissioning of the CUF, which is scheduled for completion during the second quarter of 2012.