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Japanese builder Tokyu wins $338m bid to dig Manila subway tunnels

  • May 19, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:16 a.m.
  • English Press

By KAZUKI YAMAGUCHI, Nikkei staff writer


TOKYO — Japanese contractor Tokyu Construction and its partners have won a 17.75 billion peso ($338 million) order to build subway stations and tunnels in Manila.


A joint venture that includes Japanese engineering company Tobishima and Philippine-based Megawide Construction will start work in July with the completion date set for January 2028. The contract was signed at a ceremony in Manila early this month.


Philippine President Roberto Duterte moved forward with the country’s first subway in Manila as part of his administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program. The goal is to ease congestion in the city.


The network will span 17 stations over 27.5 km, connecting the northern part of the metropolitan area to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


Tokyu’s contract will apply to the roughly 3.4 km remaining for the first phase of the project. The joint venture will handle engineering work, tunnel construction and equipment installation, including that of an air conditioning and ventilation system.


In February, the Japanese government agreed to provide up to 253.3 billion yen ($1.95 billion) for the Metro Manila Subway Project. The funding will come in the form of yen loans extended through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.


Tokyu is also involved in transportation infrastructure projects in Indonesia and Bangladesh. The company has a track record in rail construction and urban development along train lines in Japan. Tokyu plans to use that expertise to capture the rising demand for public transportation overseas.

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