With construction work humming along on the New Territories and Kowloon sections of the Shatin to Central Link, all eyes are now on the remaining contracts that will cross Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island to complete the rail link.
The MTR Corporation (0066) has six civil and building contracts left to be awarded for the remaining section.
These are: Cross Harbour Tunnels, Admiralty South Overrun Tunnel, Exhibition Station and Tunnels, Admiralty Related Works, Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter to Admiralty Tunnels and Trackwork and Overhead Lines Phase 2.
Contractors will be busy preparing tenders next year when the MTRC starts inviting tenders for five of these contracts with three of them scheduled for award in the second half of 2013.
The remaining three contracts will be awarded in 2015.
A company spokeswoman stressed that interface issues for the contracts on Hong Kong Island with other government public works projects such as the Central – Wan Chai Bypass and Wan Chai Development Phase II have not delayed the progress of tender preparations.
“The tendering procedures for the civils contracts for the Cross Harbour and Hong Kong Island Sections have been proceeding timely,” said a MTRC statement to Construction Post.
In the meantime, contractors can expect more awards of work for the rail project by the MTRC in the second half of this year.
According to the company’s website, tendering has been completed for the following contracts: Hin Keng Station and Approach Structures, Modification of East Rail Line Stations and Trackwork and Overhead Lines Phase 1.
The Hin Keng Station and Approach Structures contract is due to be awarded in July.
So far the MTRC has awarded eight contracts for the Shatin to Central Link worth a combined total of HK$20.06 billion mostly to joint ventures.
However the biggest contract awarded so far, for Hung Hom Station and Stabling Sidings, went to sole main contractor Leighton Construction (Asia) for a sum of HK$5.24 billion.
In addition, the MTRC has awarded a further seven contracts worth a combined total of HK$2.65 billion for ancillary works related to the Shatin to Central Link.
In May last year, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council approved funding of about HK$65.4 billion at money-of-the-day (MOD) prices for the main railway works and about HK$6 billion MOD for the non-railway works.
As regards construction work so far on the project, the company said progress overall has been satisfactory on all sections with the first project milestone reached in December last year with the topping out of the new International Mail Centre in Kowloon Bay.
The construction of the re-provisioned New Territories South Animal Management Centre and Shatin Plant Quarantine Station is due to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.
Diaphragm wall construction is in progress at the former Tai Hom Village site to allow future railway tunnel boring works from Ma Chai Hang to Diamond Hill Station.
The company said that two historic structures at the village, the Former RAF Hanger and the Old Pillbox, will be disassembled, temporarily stored and then reinstated within a Comprehensive Development (CDA) zoned site according to the environmental impact assessment report for the railway project.