Hong Kong-based company MTR’s wholly-owned subsidiary has secured a HKD5.71bn ($727m) operations and maintenance assistance services contract (O&M Contract) for the Macau Light Rapid Transit (LRT) Taipa Line.

The contract was awarded by the Macau SAR Government to MTR Operações Ferroviárias (Macau) Sociedade Unipessoal (MTR (Macau)).

Under the terms of the contract, MTR (Macau) will be responsible for the Macau LRT Taipa Line’s testing and commissioning activities and operation of train services, as well as maintenance of rolling stock, signalling systems and infrastructure.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the operations of Macau’s first railway system and serve the travelling public in Macau.”

MTR CEO Lincoln Leong said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the operations of Macau’s first railway system and serve the travelling public in Macau.

“Building on our proven operational expertise in Hong Kong and international markets, we are confident in delivering quality services and contributing to Macau’s railway development.”

The 9.3km long Taipa Line is expected to commence operation from next year.

Serving 11 stations, the system will be fully automated and use rubber tyre vehicles.

Last month MTR tested the first of the 93 trains to be delivered to the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island and Tseung Kwan O lines in Hong Kong.

The tests were performed on the Tung Chung Line during non-traffic hours.

MTR secured the contract to deliver these new eight-car trains in 2015. The deliveries are set to continue through 2023.