Bid submissions extended again for North-South Railway PPP project

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Bid submissions extended again for North-South Railway PPP project

The Philippine's Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), along with its attached agency, the Philippine National Railways (PNR), has extended again the deadline for the submission of qualification documents for the North-South Railway Project (NSRP) (South Line).

The new deadline to submit qualification documents has been extended from 1 December 2015 to 1 February 2016. Previously the deadline had been extended from 15 October to 1 December.

The preferred bidder will be responsible for the design, construct, install, commission and finance of:

  • 56 km Commuter Rail from Tutuban, Manila to Calamba, Laguna; and
  • 478 km Long-Haul Rail from Tutuban, Manila to Legazpi, Albay in the Bicol Region with the following possible extensions: Calamba, Laguna to Batangas City, Batangas (58 km); and Legazpi, Albay to Matnog, Sorsogon (117 km).

The PPP project will also improve long-haul and commuter stations, repair bridges, and modernize signaling and fare collection systems. In addition to designing and building the railway, the winners of the PPP concession will also operate and maintain the South Line for 30 years.

The total project investment is estimated at P170.7 billion (US$3.61 billion).

A total of 30 firms were at the pre-qualification conference on August 20 regarding the project to develop the NSRP. The 30 firms that are interested in the project are the following: Aboitiz Equity Ventures, San Miguel Holdings Corporation; Metro Pacific Investments CorporationAyala Corporation's AC Infrastructure Holdings, Skylanders, MRail, PHILAB Industries, Raji, Linaheim Corporate Services, Metro Builders Corporation; CFP Strategic Transaction Advisors; Daelim Philippines, BF Corporation, Pacific Concrete Corporation, Mitsui Group CorporationObrascón Huarte Laín, S.A. (OHL), Korean Rainbow Holdings, RATPDev Transdev Asia, Macquarie GroupMarubeni CorporationAccionaAecom, ArcelorMittal S.A., Bouygues Travaux Publics Philippines, Bureau Veritas, General ElectricIsolux CorsanLeighton Contractors, and Daewoo.

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