DETAILS OF massive extra payments to UK contractors working on Hong Kong's West Rail project emerged this week.
Four British contractors - Amec, Balfour Beatty, Costain and Kier - have shared HK$825M (£72M) with their joint venture partners on the Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation's (KCRC) £4bn project.
The cash is part of the £133M KCRC has spent to head off an estimated £370M in claims for extra work, unforeseen ground conditions and acceleration payments (NCE 7 March).
Details of the payments - fiercely criticised by local law makers - are set out this week by KCRC.
Amec's three joint ventures received an extra £45.1M on contracts with a total value of £391M.
Amec is in joint venture with local contractor Hong Kong Construction to build Yuen Long and Long Ping stations in a £160M deal. It is also part of the HKACE consortium, with separate contracts for Siu Hong and Tuen Mun stations worth a combined £250M.
The Balfour Beatty joint venture with Zen Pacific Civil Contractors has received an extra £13M on its £200M Nam Cheong station project.
Kier is working in two joint ventures that have received a combined £10.5M.
The company's partnership with local firm Zen Pacific has received an extra £9M on the £112M Mei Foo tunnel project.
Kier's joint venture with Japan's Penta-Ocean has received £1M covering unforeseen ground conditions on its £160M job to build Tsuen Wan station.
The Costain-China Harbour Engineering consortium has received £3.9M million on its £63M contract to build the KCRC's West Rail headquarters building.