Six firms bid to build parts of Clark railway project

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2019 03:17 PM

Artist rendering of the Balagtas, Bulacan station of the North-South Commuter Railway. DOTr handout

MANILA - Five foreign firms and one local company are bidding to build segments of a major railway project that will connect Clark City in Pampanga to Calamba City in Laguna, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Wednesday.

The DOTr said it accepted bids last Monday for the right to build parts of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR).

One contract is for the construction of 8 kilometers of tracks including the Clark International Airport Station (Contract Package 4), and another was for the construction of the Clark Depot (Contract Package 5).

Prospective bidders include Acciona (Spain), EEI (Philippines), GS Engineering & Construction (Korea), Posco Engineering & Construction (Korea), PT Waskita (Indonesia), and PT Wika (Indonesia), the DOTr said in a statement.

Both contract packages are part of the commuter railway's Clark Phase 2, which will run from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga. The rail line will feature the country’s first airport express railway service, the DOTr said.

The NSCR Project spans 148 kilometers with 37 stations. The P777.55-billion project is co-financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Before the year ends, more contract packages will be up for bidding, the DOTr said.

Among the contracts that will be bid out are the PNR Calamba Package 1, and NSCR’s 304 commuter train cars, 56 airport express train cars, and electromechanical systems.