6 vie to build Clark rail

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    Airport express. The rail line will cut travel time between Malolos and Clark International Airport to 30 to 35 minutes and from Buendia, to Clark airport to 55 minutes.
    Airport express. The rail line will cut travel time between Malolos and Clark International Airport to 30 to 35 minutes and from Buendia, to Clark airport to 55 minutes.

    Six companies have submitted bids for the contract to build the P50.8-billion Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 2, a railway segment that features the country’s first airport express rail service that connects to Clark International Airport.

    These firms are Spain-based Acciona; Filipino firm EEI Corp.; two Korean firms, GS Engineering & Construction and Posco Engineering & Construction; and two Indonesian firms, PT Waskita and PT Wika.

    The bid submission was held last October 14 at the office of the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM).

    The PNR Clark 2 project consists of the P32.7-billion contract for Package 4 that includes the Clark airport station and the P18.1-billion contract for Package 5.

    The project will be awarded to the winner within the first quarter of 2020, after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) concurrence on the bid evaluation that will be conducted by a joint technical working group composed of the PNR, Department of Transportation (DOTr) and PS-DBM representatives.

    Construction of the PNR Clark Phase 2 is targeted to start by 2020, with partial operations seen by 2022.

    This rail line will reduce travel time between Malolos, Bulacan and Clark International Airport to just 30-35 minutes; and from Buendia, Makati to Clark airport from 2 hours via car to just 55 minutes through the airport express.

    It aims to serve 340,000 passengers daily in its opening year.

    TJ Batan, DOTr undersecretary for railways, and Junn Magno, PNR general manager, said the sustained interest of proponents in the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, as manifested in the level of participation for contract packages 4 and 5, is proof of the international infrastructure industry’s trust in the government’s Build, Build, Build Program.

    “The vibrant turnout of proponents yet again for contract Packages 4 and 5 reflects the solid support and trust of the international infrastructure industry in the Duterte administration. With a robust competition, we also raise the standard of quality of our infrastructures that shall, in the end, best serve the Filipino people,” Magno said.

    PNR Clark Phase 2 is a 53-kilometer segment from Malolos to Clark, Pampanga which forms part of the massive NSCR project.

    The NSCR is a mega railway network spanning 148 kms. with 37 stations, worth P777.5 billion. It is co-financed by the ADB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

    Before the end of 2019, the DOTr is set to bid out more contract packages for the railway projects.

    Bidding for the PNR Calamba Package 1 is slated on Nov. 5, 2019, while that for the NSCR’s 304 commuter train cars, 56 airport express train cars and electromechanical systems is scheduled within the last quarter of 2019.