Leighton Asia wins $140m contract for Philippines expressway project


Leighton Asia, a subsidiary of Australia-based CIMIC Group, has been selected by MPCALA Holdings to construct the Cavite Laguna Expressway project (Cavite section) in the Philippines.

Revenue to Leighton Asia, which is part of CIMIC Group construction company CPB Contractors, is approximately AUD182m ($140.38m).

Construction will begin in the second quarter of 2018 and be completed by 2020.

CIMIC Group CEO Michael Wright said: “CIMIC Group and Leighton Asia are committed to delivering high-quality transport infrastructure solutions, and safer and more efficient traffic networks that support regional economies and better connect communities.

“We are pleased to contribute our major project experience and civil engineering capability to sustainably accommodate the future growth of the Cavite and Laguna regions.”

The Cavite and Laguna regions, the most industrialised and urbanised areas in the Philippines, house diverse international and multinational electronic, automotive and manufacturing companies.

The expressway is expected to reduce travel times from Cavite to Laguna by 45 minutes.

CPB Contractors and Leighton Asia managing director Juan Santamaria said: “Our team’s international expertise and local experience are delivering next-generation infrastructure and enhanced transport networks across the Philippines.

“We will continue to work with the client to achieve innovative and cost-effective solutions for this project.”

Works involve the construction of a 28km, four-lane expressway, including bridges, interchanges, toll plazas and ancillary facilities.

The Cavite-Laguna (CALA) Expressway project is a four-lane, 45.292km closed-system tolled expressway connecting Cavitex and SLEX.

The project will start from the Cavitex in Kawit, Cavite, and end at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Binan, Laguna.

It is a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme being executed on build-transfer-operate basis.

The private sector will finance, construct, operate and maintain the entire 45.292km Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAx).

Concession period of the project is 35 years, including five years design and construction.

The total cost of the project is PHP35.682bn ($6.81bn).

The project includes eight grade separated interchanges and one toll barrier, as well as 12,207m of bridges, inclusive of 4,618m of viaduct.

This project is intended to reduce traffic congestion particularly in Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road; and improve competitiveness of Region IV-A/CALABARZON as an investment destination.

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