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South East Asia: Contracts awarded for urban rail during July 2018–July 2019 [free access]

August 1, 2019

During the period July 2018–July 2019, a total of 17 contracts were awarded for urban rail systems. Of these, the most contracts were awarded in the Philippines (nine contracts), followed by Singapore (four contracts), Indonesia (two contracts), and Thailand and Malaysia (one contract each).


The table below provides information about the contracts awarded.


Table: Contracts awarded for urban rail systems during July 2018–July 2019



Award date

Contract value

Scope of work


Philippines North Railway (PNR)

JV of Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Transport Engineering Company

July 2019

PHP12.1 billion

Supply of 13 eight-car trains for PNR North 1 by 2021

Philippines North Railway (PNR)

JV of Taisei–D.M. Consunji Inc.

May 2019


Construction of six stations for PNR Clark Phase I

Manila LRT 2 East extension

Consortium of Marubeni Corporation and D.M. Consunji, Inc.

March 2019

USD62 million

Supply and installation of electrical and mechanical (E&M) systems as well as construction of 4 km of viaducts and two stations

Manila light rail transit Line 1, Metro Rail Transit Line 3

PHAR Philippines, Trackmate Business Solutions

March 2019


Supply and installation of passenger information system

Metro Manila Subway

JV of Shimizu Corporation, Fujita Corporation, Takenaka Civil Engineering and Construction Company Limited, and EEI Corporation

February 2019

PHP227 billion

Construction of three underground stations (Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue), tunnel structures, one depot as well as building and associated facilities for the Philippine Railway Institute

Multiple systems

Consortium of BF Corporation and Foresight Development and Surveying Company

February 2019

PHP2.8 billion

Construction of a section (Area A) of a common station, which will link Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Lines 3 and 7, Manila light rail transit (LRT) Line 1, and Metro Manila Subway in Quezon City

Metro Rail Transit Line 3

Sumitomo, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering Limited, and TES Philippines

January 2019

JPY35.5 billion

Repair of rolling stock and associated equipment, construction of new lines, expansion and renovation of existing network, enhancement of capacity of the line

Manila LRT-1


November 2018

PHP100 million

Installation of 500 high-resolution surveillance cameras over a period of two years


Bukit Panjang LRT

CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems 

June 2019


Supply of 19 Innovia APM 300R cars as well as provision of quality assurance and commissioning services

Singapore MRT Circle Line-6, Singapore MRT North East Line extension


February 2019

SGD111 million

Supply of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electrification equipment for both the lines, and overhead conductor rail for the North East Line extension

Singapore MRT North East Line

CRRC Nanjing Puzhen

December 2018

SGD116.7 million

Installation of new condition monitoring system; upgrade of air-conditioning, ventilation, and passenger information systems; replacement of interior fittingssuch as seats, panels, and flooring;inspection of mechanical and electrical systems for the trains deployed on the line

Singapore MRT North–South and East–West lines

Bombardier Transportation

July 2018

USD607 million

Supply of 66 six-car trains


Bangkok MRT Blue Line extension

Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited

December 2018


Deployment of 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network; scope of work includes site survey, network design, installation, signal testing, optimisation, and project management


Jabodebek LRT

ST Engineering Electronics 

October 2018


Supply and installation of platform screen doors by March 2020

Jabodebek LRT

CAF Power & Automation

September 2018

EUR50 million

Supply of train control and traction systems for 31 six-car driverless trains


Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line

JV of MMC Corporation Berhad and Gamuda Berhad

October 2018


Completion of at-grade and elevated works within the cost of MYR17.42 billion as a turnkey contractor

Note: JV- Joint venture, LRT- Light rail transit, MRT- Mass rapid transit; NA- Not available

Source: Compiled by Global Mass Transit and South East Asia Infrastructure


(1 EUR [Euro] = 1.11 USD, 1 PHP [Philippine Peso] = 0.02 USD, 1 SGD [Singapore Dollar] = 0.73 USD)