Construction works on Malolos–Clark Rail Project in Philippines to commence soon

WCN Editorial Team 9 Oct 2020 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Construction works of the Malolos–Clark Railway Project, a flagship Philippine project is expected to commence soon, after the signing of three civil works contracts valued over $1.7bn.

In July this year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to provide $1.3bn loan for the construction of the $6.1bn project, which will provide environment-friendly railway service connecting the northern provinces and Metro Manila.

The Malolos–Clark Railway Project, which is part of the 163km-long North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project, involves construction of 53.1km railway line that will connect Malolos to Clark economic zone and Clark International Airport (CIA) in central Luzon, the Philippines.

Philippines’ Department of Transportation (DOTr) awarded the first contract package to the Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Dong-ah Geological Engineering Company joint venture (JV) to build nearly 17km of rail viaduct, seven bridges, and two railway stations.

The second contract package was awarded to Acciona Construction Philippines and Daelim Industrial to construct and provide civil engineering serviced for about 16km of viaducts and one railway station.

Meanwhile, Thai Development Public Company has been chosen for the third contract package covering the construction and civil engineering works for 12 kms of viaducts and two railway stations.

DOTr has awarded two other contract packages to a joint venture of Acciona Construction Philippines and EEI Corporation, and the POSCO Engineering and Construction in August this year.

ADB said that the sixth contract to construct the Blumentritt station of the railway line will undergo rebidding process.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency is also co-financing the project and will provide further $2bn for the rolling stock and railway systems.

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The Malolos–Clark Railway Project, one of the government’s flagship infrastructure projects, will construct a safe, affordable, reliable, and environment-friendly railway connecting the northern provinces to the capital, Metro Manila. (Credit: ADB/ JICA.)

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