This workshop is the first of its kind between Norway and Indonesia where Norwegian tunnelling expertise and knowledge is presented to governmental institutions and private sector in Indonesia. The workshop was opened by Ambassador Eivind S. Homme and Director General Hon. Dr. Mohamad Hasan, Director General of Research and Development Agency, Ministry of Public Works.
The Norwegian Tunnelling Network (NTN) was founded in 1963 to unify and strengthen communities who worked with underground technology. Today the association consists of approx. 1000 professionals as personal members and also comprise the largest public clients, consultants, contractors, suppliers and organizations within the underground construction industry. NTN aims to facilitate the export of Norwegian underground technology to South East Asia included Indonesia.
There are several examples of successful projects in Asia using Norwegian technology. The Sulawesi Mini Hydro Power project is a good example from Indonesia. Two other examples are the construction of the Galibaty Storage Caverns for the military in Singapore and HATS Sewage Disposal Scheme project in Hong Kong. In these projects Norwegian tunnelling technology has been utilized in design, contract models and construction.
Participants from Norway at the Workshop were represented by NTN, the University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF, Statoil, KFGruppen, Gjertsen Tunnel AS, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), The Norwegian Public Road Authority and Multiconsult.
Indonesian and Norwegian workshop participants were enthusiastic at the end of the workshop about extending the cooperation into practical use of modern underground technology as an option to help resolve Indonesia’s infrastructure development challenges. A MoU concerning scientific cooperation between the Indonesian university ITB and the Norwegian NTNU was signed last year and will be the centre piece of further academic cooperation between the two countries within this sector. It was concluded that follow-up actions of the workshop should include exploring the opportunities for extended cooperation on augmentation of road standards and technical assistance on up-to-date tunnelling technology and more contact between the Norwegian and Indonesian institutions and companies.