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West Rail project lets contracts worth £309M

HONG KONG'S £5bn West Rail project last week awarded four major civils contracts with a total value of £309M.

Client Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation said all contracts were let at prices within the estimates, but would not disclose how far below estimates contractors had gone.

By securing two contracts, the Japanese-Hong Kong team of Maeda-Chun Wo JV will build 9.8km of the 14.2km viaduct, which has an innovative design with extensive noise mitigation measures (NCE West Rail supplement 14 January). The two contracts total more than £175M.

Work around the line's depot goes to Zen Pacific-China State-Ngo Kee JV in a £79M contract. China State and Zen Pacific have also won the £54M contract to build 2km of running line tunnels between Yen Chow Street and Mei Foo. Costain Building & Civil Engineering had initially been part of this consortium but withdrew when the contract's relatively small size became clear.

Other construction contracts are expected to be let in the next few months, including all nine stations and the permanent way.

Three other construction contracts had already been let. Dragages-Zen Pacific JV and Nishimatsu-Dragages JV are carrying out design and build tunnelling contracts worth £159M and £100M respectively.

Sino-European JV, made up of China Harbour Engineering, Hip Hing Construction, Costain Building & Civil Engineering and NESCO Entrecanales Cubiertas, has a £21M land reclamation contract for Tseun Wan station.

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