Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $1.3bn (£1bn) loan agreement with the Philippines government for the $6.1bn (£4.8bn) Malolos–Clark Railway Project.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide a loan of $235m (£187.6m) for the development of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to improve the public transport system in Karachi, Pakistan.
The state government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia has announced a budget of A$6.4bn (£3.5bn) to accelerate the construction of Sydney Metro West project in Australia.
Indian construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded EPC contracts for various projects in India.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide THB9.9bn (£245m) in financing for the construction and operation of the Pink and Yellow lines of Bangkok’s mass rapid transit (MRT) system.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide $350m (£277m) to rehabilitate and upgrade state highways and district roads in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved financing of up to $2.75bn (£2.17bn) for the construction of 53.1km of a railway line connecting Malolos, a suburb north of Manila, to Clark economic zone and Clark International Airport in Central Luzon.
The Philippines Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced the start of construction on six stations following signing of the contract for Package 1 of the PNR Clark Phase 1 railway project.
Cube Highways and Infrastructure III, an affiliate of Cube Highways and portfolio company of I Squared Capital through its ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II, has entered into an agreement with Reliance Infrastructure to acquire DA Toll Road (DATRPL), a toll road in the state of Haryana/Uttar Pradesh, India.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed an agreement with the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Colombo to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to JPY30.04bn (£204m) for the construction of light rail transit (LRT) system in the national capital.
A consortium, comprising Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation and Philippine construction company DM Consunji (DMCI), has won a JPY6.9bn ($62m) electrical and mechanical contract from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for a 4km extension with two additional stations for the Manila LRT Line 2 East extension project.
Reliance Infrastructure E&C has received a Letter of Award (LOA) from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) of a contract worth INR6.48bn ($92m) for a new greenfield airport at Hirasar in Rajkot district in the Indian state of Gujarat.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan have signed a $75m loan agreement to widen and upgrade 42km of the Mardan-Swabi road in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan.
Construction on the $6.8bn Metro Manila Subway in the Philippines will commence on 27 February 2019 and as part of the preparatory work, officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), led by Secretary Arthur Tugade, inspected the tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) in Japan.
Siemens Mobility has been selected by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the electrification of the Circle Line Stage 6 and the North East Line extension (NELe) in Singapore.
Port of Brisbane (PBPL) has selected Brady Marine & Civil and Hindmarsh as principal contractors for its A$158m ($114.4m) Brisbane International Cruise Terminal project.Following the appointment of principal contractors, the construction on the project is expected to start in the coming months.Brady Marine & Civil, a specialist marine infrastructure and engineering contractor, will oversee the wharf construction of Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, while Australian construction firm Hindmarsh is responsible for civil works and terminal building.Queensland state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning minister Cameron Dick said: “The Port of Brisbane’s $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal signals bright horizons for the cruising industry in Queensland.“It is expected to contribute $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy alone over the coming two decades.”PBPL CEO Roy Cummins noted that early preparation for the wharf had already started with ABFI Steel Group initiating the work of manufacturing 105 piles with up to 45m long.Piling is also expected to begin soon following the wharf construction. At present, relocation of around 85,000 cubic metres of surcharge (clean sand) is underway.Hindmarsh is planning to start preparing the site for construction in March this year, and work is expected to begin in April.Cummins further added: “Importantly, both have strong track records for innovation and project delivery, together with the proven experience and capabilities required to help us deliver this world-class cruise facility.“With the start of major construction of the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal now imminent, we look forward to sharing the progress and milestones with the community as the new facility begins to take shape.”In October 2017, Port of Brisbane signed an agreement with the state government for the development of Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point.The facility is being developed to meet the requirements of cruise vessels of all sizes, including the largest ocean-going cruise ships in the world.In addition, the terminal will serve as gateway to the great south-east, enabling to increase economic and tourism opportunities for the region.
Shanghai Tunnel Engineering (Singapore) has secured a S$615.9m ($458m) contract from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for a road tunnel, an MRT station box and commuter facilities between Sin Ming Avenue and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of the North-South Corridor (NSC) project.
Australian integrated services firm Downer, as part of the VEC Shaw Joint Venture, is undertaking the A$92.3m ($66.4m) Perth Link Roads upgrade project in Tasmania.The project, touted to be the largest current road project in Tasmania, is a joint venture between VEC Civil Engineering, a Downer-owned company specialising in civil and bridge structures, and Shaw Contracting.Forming part of the government’s investment of A$500m ($360m) in Tasmania’s Midland Highway over 10 years, the road project is expected to enhance safety and efficiency by avoiding heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth as they travel to and from the northern and north-western ports.The project will offer link roads around the western side of Perth and include a new four-lane highway designed to a minimum AusRAP Star rating of three.It will also feature six single span structures and two large stock and farm access underpasses that have been precast by VEC specifically for the project, three roundabouts, full highway access, a system interchange, a cycling path and grade separation at the existing rail line.Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Michael McCormack, who paid a visit to the job site, said: “It’ll increase safety, provide certainty for the civil construction sector and create jobs for Tasmanians with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses.”Earlier in this month, Downer secured the seal and asphalt works package for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) project on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.The scope of the project involves renovation of major interchanges and expanding an 8km stretch of the highway from four to six lanes, in addition to the construction of a service road for local traffic to the west of the highway.Australian integrated services firm said that more than 380,000 tonnes of asphalt will be supplied by its nearby Bli Bli facility for the project, which will be completed in late 2020.The contract has been awarded by head contractor Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport that is responsible for the land transport developments in Singapore, has announced the alignment and station locations for the first phase of the Cross Island Line (CRL).Touted be LTA’s longest fully underground line, the new section represents the transport authority’s eighth MRT line and will be constructed in three phases.Upon completion, the Cross Island Line will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, connecting major hubs like Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region.The overall project is expected to have a daily ridership of more than 600,000 in the initial years, increasing to over one million in the future.CRL1, which represents the first phase of the CRL, covers 29km in length and features 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. The initial phase will cater to residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio.It is expected that over 100,000 households will benefit from first phase of the CRL. Construction on the CRL1 is anticipated to start in 2020 and will be completed by 2029.LTA stated that currently engineering studies are being conducted for the remaining phases of the CRL, including the two underground alignment options near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.Several stakeholders have been consulted and their views have been taken into consideration before making an announcement on the final alignment, LTA said.When completed, CRL1 will reduce travel times for commuters between the central, north-eastern and eastern parts of Singapore.Furthermore, the transport authority will build a new 57-hectare depot at Changi East to offer stabling and maintenance facilities for up to 80 CRL trains.In order to support the construction of CRL1 and related road works, the Government of Singapore will partially acquire eight properties.LTA said that the acquisitions involve ancillary features such as green verges, boundary walls and subterranean space. The transport authority stressed that existing building structures will not be affected.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Image:LTA unveils first phase of Cross Island MRT Line. Photo: Courtesy of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore.
A Chinese consortium comprising Sichuan Road and Bridge Group, Shamim Enterprise and UDC Construction has signed a public-private partnership (PPP) concession contract with the Government of Bangladesh to upgrade the Dhaka Bypass.