June 12, 2013

E&M contract awarded for Ho Chi Minh City Line 1

Written by  Yoshihiko Sato
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THE Peoples Committee of Ho Chi Minh City signed a contract with Hitachi on June 11 for Metro Line 1 Package 3, which covers electrical and mechanical works, trackwork, and rolling stock for the first phase of the city's metro network.

The total value of the contract is around Yen 37bn ($US 384m) and includes the delivery 17 three-car trains, signalling systems, telecommunications (including wireless train radio), power supplies, platform screen doors, automatic fare collection, and depot facilities.

Under a separate agreement, Hitachi will also provide maintenance services for five years from the start of commercial operations, which are expected to begin in 2019.

Line 1 will run for 19.6km from Ben Thanh Market to Suoi Tien, with a 2.2km underground section between Ben Thanh and Ba Son Shipyard. Construction began last year on the 17km elevated section, which is being built by a consortium of Sumitomo and Vietnamese partner Cienco. The contract to construct the underground section is currently being tendered.

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