Public works contracts worth nearly HK$16.4 billion in total were awarded by government departments and government controlled organisations last month as investment in public infrastructure and housing continued unabated.
According to the government gazette published last Friday, Highways Department awarded a total of HK$5.33 billion worth of work in March with most of it going to one project, the Central – Wan Chai Bypass Tunnel Slip Road 8 Section worth HK$4.79 billion that was awarded to mainland China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong), a subsidiary of listed mainland giant China State Construction International Holdings (3311).
On public housing, Housing Authority’s Development and Construction Division awarded projects worth a total of HK$3.53 billion for new public housing and various building services subcontracts.
China State again accounted for most of the total with a contract for public rental housing at Sha Tin Area 52 Phases 3 and 4 worth HK$2.58 billion.
The company earlier won a contract for phase 2 public housing in the same area worth HK$ 2.23 billion last December.
Highways Department awarded three projects worth about HK$551.5 million with the San Hing Civil-Richwell Machinery joint venture accounting for most of the value having been awarded contract 5 for site formation and infrastructure works for the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point worth HK$510.5 million.
Over on railway construction, the MTR Corporation (0066) which is 77 percent owned by the government, awarded two contracts worth a total of HK$6.31 billion.
The contract for the Diamond Hill to Kai Tak Tunnels for the Shatin to Central Link worth HK$1.07 billion went to the Chun Wo-SELI joint venture while Australian contractor Leighton Contractors (Asia) bagged the contract for the Hung Hom Station to Stabling Sidings for the railway link worth HK$5.24 billion.