San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has broken ground on the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7) project in the Philippines.The elevated railway from North Avenue, Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan will be constructed by SMC’s infrastructure subsidiary San Miguel.Estimated to cost PHP69.3bn ($1.49bn), the 23km project will feature 14 stations and take 30 minutes to travel end-to-end. It will also link to the MRT-3 and LRT-1 and serve more than 800,000 passengers daily.MRT-7 will have stations at Quezon-North Avenue, Quezon Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose del Monte.The project will be completed in three to four years with the assistance of Hyundai Rotem and EEI consortium.
Indian construction firm MBL Infrastructures has secured two road development projects worth INR21.3bn ($320m) from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.NHAI awarded the projects on a DBFOT (design-build-finance-operate-transfer) hybrid annuity basis.Construction period for both the projects is stipulated at 730 days. During construction, 40% of the bid project cost will be funded by NHAI and the remaining 60% will be arranged by the concessionaire.
The Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA), a wing of the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry of Bangladesh, plans to build four underground railways across Dhaka in a bid to mitigate traffic congestion.The cost of the first two railways is estimated to be $8.14bn.According to the proposal, a 32km-long subway will connect Sayedabad with Tongi, via Airport, Banani, Mohakhali, Moghbazar, Paltan and Motijheel, at a cost of $5.265bn. It will later be extended to Arranging. The second subway, totalling a distance of 16km, will connect Aminbazar with Sayedabad. The proposed route will go through Gabtoli to Shyamoli, Asadgate, Newmarket, Tsc and Motijheel and will cost $2.87bn.Planning for the third and fourth routes is still in a development stage. These will connect Gabtoli with Sadarghat, and Rampura with Sadarghat, respectively.
MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) (MGKT) has won a MYR15.47bn ($4bn) contract from Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) for an Underground Works Package for the MRT Sungai BulohSerdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line in Malaysia.The SSP Line is 52.2km in length, of which 13.5km will run underground. It will have 37 stations, including 11 underground stations.The Underground Works Package involves the design, construction and completion of tunnels, underground stations and associated structures such as portals and escape shafts for the SSP Line’s 13.5km underground alignment from the Jalan lpoh North Escape Shaft to the Desa Waterpark South Portal.MRT Corp CEO Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar said MGKT had a proven track record in carrying out tunnelling and other underground works in the challenging geology of the Klang Valley. “The working relationship between MRT Corp and MGKT began with the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line. This good relationship can now continue with the SSP Line.”
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) has awarded the first viaduct work package for the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line in Malaysia.The contract worth MYR1.44bn ($360.9m) for Work Package V202 was awarded to Ahmad Zaki, a unit of Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad. Work Package V202 was reserved for Bumiputera contractors. The SSP Line is 52.2km in length, of which 13.5km will run underground. It will have 37 stations, 11 of them underground. In total there are 66 work packages being tendered for the construction of the SSP Line, including 10 viaduct guideway packages.The scope of the contract will include the construction and completion of the viaduct guideway and other associated works for a 4.5km stretch of the SSP Line elevated guideway from Persiaran Dagang to Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur.Currently Ahmad Zaki is a work package contractor for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line for Work Package V6, and therefore was pre-qualified to tender for viaduct work packages for the SSP Line.MRT Corp CEO Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar said: “With this award, construction of the SSP Line is truly on the way.“The Bumiputera participation target set by the government was increased to 45% of the total value of all work packages for the SSP Line, up from 43% for the SBK Line. I believe we have started off on a good footing by awarding first to a Bumiputera contractor.”
GS Engineering & Construction has secured a contract worth about SGD1.99bn ($1.4bn) from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore for the construction of East Coast Integrated Depot and its reception tunnels.East Coast Integrated Depot will integrate three train depots and one bus depot in a 36-hectare site. The depot will have a capacity to accommodate about 220 trains and 550 buses, and will be used by the LTA for stacking the train depots for the East-West Line (EWL), DTL and TEL. In addition, LTA has awarded contracts worth nearly SGD1.31bn ($962.7m) for the construction of Siglap and Bayshore stations along Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) and Xilin station along Downtown Line 3 Extension (DTL3e).A John Holland–Zhen Hua (Singapore) Engineering joint venture has won a SGD176m ($129.3m) contract for the construction of the Siglap station. A Woh Hup (Private)–Shanghai Tunnel Engineering (Singapore) joint venture has received a SGD296m ($217.5m) contract for construction of Bayshore station and its associated tunnels. Both Bayshore and Siglap stations will serve as civil defence shelters along TEL’s East Coast stretch.Samsung C&T has secured a SGD834m ($612.8m) contract for the construction of Xilin station and its associated tunnels, and reception tunnels to the depot.Construction work on the projects is scheduled to begin by the second quarter of 2016. Works on Siglap and Bayshore stations are expected to be completed in 2023, with Xilin station and East Coast Integrated Depot expected to be completed in 2024.
Vinci has completed the extensions of the Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports in Cambodia.The projects, which entailed an investment of over $100m, will double the annual passenger handling capacity of the airports from 5m to 10m.Vinci said that the investments are designed to enable the airports to accommodate substantial air traffic growth. Over the past 20 years, the number of passengers has increased ten-fold, driven by the country’s dynamic economy and tourism sector.The projects were carried out within the framework of the concession held by Vinci Airports, in collaboration with Muhibbah.Vinci Construction Grands Projets started the expansion projects in 2013 and made use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in the projects for better safety performance and construction schedule compliance.
French company Bolloré Group has secured a contract from the authorities of East Timor to design, construct and operate the deepwater port at Dili.
IRB Infrastructure Developers is set to sign a concession agreement by March 2016 for the INR100.5bn ($1.5bn) Zojila Pass Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, India.
A joint venture (JV) of Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) and Vensar Constructions Company has secured a highway contract worth INR11.4bn ($162.5m) from the Public Works Department (PWD) of government of Manipur, India.
As delays in projects go, being held up by almost 350 years is a big one. The idea of building a shipping canal across Thailand’s Kra Isthmus, reducing the usual trade route for ships between the Indian and Pacific oceans by more than 1,200km, was first mooted in 1677. However, despite the proposal resurfacing in the 20th century, fears over the environmental impact and the potential for it to divide the country have held it back. Now, the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) has put forward the idea of a ‘dry canal’ to carry ships across the south of Thailand, from Kra Buri to Chumpon Bay in the Gulf of Thailand, bypassing the Malacca Strait.
When workers broke through the Eurasia Tunnel in August 2015, it marked not only the first time Europe and Asia were connected by a road tunnel, but also represented the crowning achievement for one of the world’s most challenging tunnelling projects.
A team of French firms comprising Alstom and Bouygues Travaux Publics has secured a contract with the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) to upgrade and extend Light Rail Transit Line 1 of Philippines’ Manila metro.
San Miguel, through its subsidiary Universal LRT (ULC), has reached financial close on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7 project in Philippines.