Ecorail and China’s CRCC to bid for Manila LRT 1 extension

11 June 2012 (Last Updated June 11th, 2012 18:30)

Ecorail Transport Services and China Railway Construction (CRCC) will bid for the construction of the PHP60bn ($1.3bn) light rail transit (LRT) Line 1 extension in Manila, Philippines.

Ecorail Transport Services and China Railway Construction (CRCC) will bid for the construction of the PHP60bn ($1.3bn) light rail transit (LRT) Line 1 extension in Manila, Philippines.

Ecorail said that its foreign partner CRCC has expressed an interest in building the railway system under the public-private partnership (PPP) programme.

Currently, Ecorail is in the third stage of its unsolicited proposal to design, finance, build, transfer and manage the project.

Ecorail said its proposal is inexpensive, with $42.165m a kilometre, as appose to competing proposals that could cost more than $45m.

The bid from Ecorail will also be 4km longer than its rivals, with the terminal point in Imus, Cavite, instead of in Bacoor, Cavite.

Earlier this month, the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) issued a PHP60bn ($1.37bn) tender for the extension of LRT Line 1, under the PPP programme.

As part of the plan, the existing LRT Line 1 (Green Line), a 20.7km railway running from Roosevelt, Quezon City, to Baclaran, Pasay, planned to be extended by 11.7km to Cavite.

"DOTC said that the winning bidder will integrate the existing system with the new extension system, which includes train control and signalling, communications and the power supply network along the 31km line."

Upon completion, the extension is expected to carry an additional 500,000 daily commuters from the province, as well as neighbouring cities Las Piñas and Parañaque.

The project involves the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the existing system, which is 20.7km long and has a loop time of 106 minutes, with 20 stations passing through Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, Makati and Pasay.

It also includes the design, procurement, engineering, construction, installation, completion, testing and commissioning of the 10.5km elevated and 1.2km 'at grade' extension to Cavite, as well as eight current and two future stations.

DOTC said that the winning bidder will integrate the existing system with the new extension system, which includes train control and signalling, communications and the power supply network along the 31km line.

The project also includes operation and maintenance, such as replacing trains and rehabilitating railway infrastructure over the life of the project.