SMEC: 43 years in Indonesia and still growing

Australian-headquartered professional engineering and development consultancy SMEC, has recently won several small but significant projects in Indonesia. Projects include the tender design contract for the Kamojang 5 Geothermal Plant, an initial pre-feasibility study for emerging mining company, Cokal, for its 60% owned Bumi Barito Mineral Coal Project in Central Kalimantan, preliminary engineering investigation for the Musi River Crossing, a scoping study for a small hydropower project and the extension of the Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative contract.

SMEC has operated in Indonesia since 1970, its first project a pre-feasibility study for the Larona River Hydroelectric Project on the island of Sulawesi. The firm opened a permanent office in Jakarta in 1979.

SMEC’s origins date back to the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s largest infrastructure project. The project, overseen by the Snowy Mountains Authority (SMA), was a massive multi-purpose project undertaken between 1949 and 1974, which involved hydropower, roads and bridges.

The Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) was established on 24 June 1970 as an agency of the Australian Government and expanded into Asia soon after. In 1989, SMEC became an Australian Government-owned public company under the Companies Act and ultimately was sold to staff as part of a government asset sale in 1993.

Denka Krisna Cendikia, an Indonesian professional services company, became a SMEC subsidiary in 2006.

More recently, SMEC has been involved in the Eastern Indonesia National Road Improvement Project which is improving national road links and to provide acceptable standards of service and accessibility to support local and regional economic development. The program includes 4,300 km of roads and 14 steel truss bridges.

The Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII) is a A$90 million project which commenced in July 2008. It is managed by SMEC and funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). In May 2010, the program was significantly expanded by the Australian Government to incorporate a Water Sanitation Initiative (WSI).

Key projects completed and ongoing in Indonesia include:

Cipularang Toll Road
Adaro Chipseal Coal Haul Road
Lampunut 1 Bridge, Maruwai Haul Road Project
Second Eastern Indonesia Region Transportation Project

Social Development 
Reformation and Implementation of Road Traffic and Transport Policies
Indonesian Transport Safety Assistance Package
Technical Assistance Project Management Support Consultant
Technical Assistance, Earthquake and Tsunami Livelihood and Microfinance Component
Infrastructure Reconstruction Enabling Program for Provincial Strategic Infrastructure

Energy and Power 
Tarahan Coal Power
Dams and Hydropower
Technical Assistance, Dam Operation Improvement and Safety Project

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