CHINA Railway First Group spent around $NZ1million ($F1.57m) to contract OPUS International as a consultant adviser for its Dreketi-Nabouwalu highway project.
Speaking during a media tour of the Dreketi-Nabouwalu highway yesterday, the company's Dreketi-Nabouwalu project engineer Jeff Peng said Opus International would carry out consultant works mainly dealing with the standard of materials used for the project.
Mr Peng said about $F285,000 would be used for bridge designs along the highway.
"OPUS International is a world renowned engineering consultant company that has its own team of engineers, designers, planners, researchers and advisers," he said.
"Since they started work with us, they have changed a few things, mainly those dealing with the specifications of field materials used in the project.
"They are using the American standard of engineering and that will now be used throughout the project."
Mr Peng said since the project started, it had been relying on New Zealand and Australian engineering standards.
"However now we will rely greatly on the advice of the consultant agency who will give us a direction for engineering standards.
"OPUS International will only be involved in the project as an advisory agency.
"They have also been engaged by CRFG to specifically design the 14 bridges intended for the road refurbishment project."