The Package 1 contract, which was awarded on September 18, covers the construction of 17km of viaduct northwest of Manila, and two elevated stations in Calumpit and Apalit.  

The consortium, led by Hyundai Engineering and Construction, which holds a 57.5% controlling share, also comprises Dong-ah Geological Engineering, Korea, and Megawide Construction, Philippines.

The contract is part of the planned 53km Malolos - Clark Railway, which will connect Malolos, a city north of Manila, with Clark International Airport and economic zone.

Package 1 follows the awarding of contracts for Package 4 to a partnership of EEI and Acciona Construction Philippines, and Package 5 to Posco, Korea. The contracts cover the construction of 6.3km of main line and 1.6km of depot access line, as well as Clark airport station, a depot at Mabalacat, an operations control centre (OCC) and other buildings.

Contracts for two packages have yet to be awarded. These are:

  • Package 2, which covers construction of 16km including San Fernando station, and
  • Package 3, which covers 12km of line including Angeles station.

Malolos - Clark is the second of three phases in the country’s broader 148km North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, which will run between New Clark City, Pampanga, and Calambra, Laguna and cost around Peso 777.55bn ($US 15.8bn) when completed.

The NSCR is currently scheduled for completion is 2025, and is intended to reduce congestion across the Manila metropolitan area.

The project is partially funded through financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

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