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.
As consortium leader, Marubeni will be responsible for administration and the procurement of E&M railway systems.
DMCI will be responsible for track-work procurement and construction and the installation of E&M systems.
The Philippine company is the contractor responsible for constructing a viaduct and two new stations at Emerald and Masinag for the Project.
The stations are expected to have a daily passenger accommodation capacity of 80,000.
Construction on these items will be completed soon. The LRT- 2 East Extension Project is set to be operational in the first quarter of 2019.
The project is part of the ‘Capacity Enhancement of Mass Transit Systems in Metro Manila Project’, which has been financed with JPY43.2bn ($388m) of Japanese government credit.
The project is expected to contribute to reduction of traffic congestion and air pollution, which are particularly severe problems in Metro Manila.
The Manila LRT Line 2, which was awarded to Marubeni in 2000 and completed in 2004, is a 13.8km elevated metro line with 11 stations connecting to east and west of Metro Manila.
Marubeni has a track record of railway projects in the Philippines, such as the Improvement and Modernization of Commuter Line South Project, the Metro Manila Light Rail Transit Line 1 Capacity Expansion Project – Phase 1 and Phase 2 Package B.
Utilising its vast experience, as well as know-how acquired through the successful implementation of the project, Marubeni expects to contribute to social and economic growth in the Philippines by participating in more railway and infrastructure projects in the near future.
DMCI, established 64 years ago, has improved the quality of life and sustained economic growth in the Philippines with a variety of infrastructure projects such as civil, transport, industry, public utilities, and other services.
In June 2017, DOTr and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) broke ground on the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-2 East extension project.
Travel time from Recto to Masinag will be reduced to 40 minutes compared to the usual travel of up to three hours in the same route by bus or jeepneys.
Image: Current Manila LRT Line 2. Photo: Courtesy of Marubeni Corporation.