Gammon bags Singapore railway contracts

Gammon bags Singapore railway contracts

Two contracts awarded worth $1.85b

Gammon Construction, or more accurately its Singapore subsidiary, has bagged two contracts for the railway system in Singapore worth a total of HK$1.85 billion.

In a press release last Friday the company announced it had been awarded the design and build contract worth S$174 million(Hk$1.09 billion) for Mayflower Station for the proposed Thomson Line and a contract worth S$122 million (HK$760 million) for track system replacement on the North-South Line.

UK construction giant Balfour Beatty and Singapore listed British conglomerate Jardine Matheson each have a 50 percent stake in Gammon.

The proposed Thomson Line with 22 stations, part of Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, is a 30-kilometre underground train line, running from Woodlands North station in the northern part of Singapore to Gardens by the Bay station in the south.

It was first proposed in 2008 and will be built in three phases.

On full completion in 2021, it would be the sixth MRT line and runs parallel to the existing North-South Line.

“Work is due to start in the first quarter of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by 2020,” Gammon said in its press release.

The Land Transport Authority, a statutory body, builds MRT lines and then allocates operating concessions to two rail operators, SMRT Corporation and SBS Transit.

Location of Mayflower Station for the Thomson Line of the MRT system in Singapore  (Land Transport Authority)

Location of Mayflower Station for the Thomson Line of the MRT system in Singapore (Land Transport Authority)

Apart from the Thomson Line, the authority is also building the Downtown Line of which the first stage is due to open next month, on 22 December.

The second contract worth, for SMRT Trains, involves changing the sleepers from timber to concrete as part of the renewal and upgrade of the North-South Line.

Gammon will be working with the rail team of parent Balfour Beatty for the SMRT contract.

Work is due to start in the current quarter for completion in 2015.

Currently Gammon has quite a portfolio of work in Singapore, with the Land Transport Authority being a major client.

According to the latest company magazine, it is working on Chinatown Station on the Downtown Line, the electrical systems for Marina Coastal Expressway, and the civil and trackworks at Bishan and Ulu Pandan depots.

Danny Chung

 

 

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