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Last three civil contracts was awarded

On July 25, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the last three of 25 major civil contracts for the 30-km long fully-underground Thomson Line, which comprises 22 stations that will connect the northern and central parts of Singapore to the city and the rest of the MRT network, thus providing additional capacity along the north-south corridors, to strengthen the overall resilience of the rail network.

Thomson Line includes six interchange stations: Woodlands, Caldecott, Stevens, Orchard, Outram Park and Marina Bay; which will link to the North-South-East-West Line, Downtown Line , North East Line and Circle Line, providing greater accessibility and significantly improving travel time for their daily passengers.

The contracts are for Orchard, Marina South and Gardens by the Bay stations and associated tunnels at a total value of around $1.32 billion.

LTA’s Deputy Chief Executive Chua Chong Kheng reported that the full tally of the 25 major civil contracts for Thomson Line, is worth at a total cost of approximately $7.77 billion from the award of those three civil contracts. He further commented that Thomson Line construction are in full swing in which the line will be expected to be open in phases between 2019 and 2021.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew also commented that with Thomas Line completed, there would be more than 400,000 commuters, living and working along the Thomson Line, enjoying a greater ease of access, more travel options and also shorter and more direct journeys. He noted that the line, with six interchange stations, will give commuters more alternative routes and minimize inconvenience during disruptions and added that the northern tip will eventually link up with Johor Bahru in Malaysia, while its southern tip will continue eastwards to serve areas like Marine Parade and Changi.

A breakdown scope of contracts awarded

1) The construction of Orchard station

Penta-Ocean Construction – Bachy Soletanche Singapore Joint Venture was awarded the contract at an amount of about $498 million. LTA stated that this interchange station will connect Thomson Line with the North-South Line, which will allows a greater accessibility to the Thomson and Havelock precincts. As Thomson Line will run largely parallel to the North-South Line, it will bring significant time savings to the passengers boarding along the north-south corridor.

2) The Marina South station and tunnels

Sinohydro Corporation (Singapore Branch) – Sembcorp Design and Construction Joint Venture was awarded the contract at a value of $488 million.

3) The Gardens by the Bay station and tunnels

Nishimatsu Construction – Bachy Soletanche Singapore Joint Venture was awarded the contract at a sum of $331 million. Alongside Woodlands, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill and Mount Pleasant stations, Gardens by the Bay station will serve as the sixth Civil Defence shelter along the Thomson Line. Also, in the near future, it will link Thomson Line to the Eastern Region Line when both lines are completed.

Brief summary of the three companies constructing the respective stations

An established construction company in Japan, Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd is involved in the construction of Downtown Line’s Bendemeer station, Thomson Line’s Woodlands North and Bright Hill stations and the Marina Coastal Expressway. While Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd specialises in geotechnical and civil engineering works. It was involved in the construction of Bugis and Telok Ayer stations for Downtown Line.

Sinohydro Corporation, a hydropower engineering and construction company which has been involved in a wide range of international infrastructure works such as hydroelectric dams, power plants, road and rail projects, is involved in the construction of Thomson Line’s Napier Station. Their local joint venture partner, Sembcorp Design and Construction Pte Ltd, is a Singapore company set up in 1994 which provides design-and-build construction services including architectural, civil and structural, mechanical and electrical engineering and quantity surveying.

Also an established construction company in Japan, Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd is involved in the construction of tunnels between Downtown Line’s Ubi and Kaki Bukit stations. Their local joint venture partner, Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd, specialises in geotechnical and civil engineering works.

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