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Gamuda awarded a contract for TaoYuan rail project in Taiwan

TaoYuan City Underground Railway Project

Malaysia-based Gamuda has received an award of a NT$14.5bn (US$449m) contract for Taiwan’s TaoYuan city underground railway and commuter station project.

The firm was selected by the Taiwan Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Railway Bureau and is going to be responsible for the Package CJ18 PingZhen Commuter Station under the contract as well.

The new project is said to improve the use of land in PingZhen District because of the recent rapid development of TaoYuan city and the government’s strategic infrastructure plan.

The contract is part of the TaoYuan City Underground Railway Project and contains a 3.74km twin-track cut and cover tunnel and an underground commuter station at PingZhen. It is anticipated to be completed within 96 months and by 2030.

Whenever finished, the underground railway is believed to upgrade mobility and reduce traffic congestion for TaoYuan residents.

The scope of the project includes civil engineering and mechanical and engineering (M&E) works for PingZhen commuter station and the construction of a 3.734km underground twin-bound railway track by cut and cover method.

Moreover, it comprises the relocation of the LaoJie river bridge, ZhongFeng bridge protection works, the building of a temporary PingZhen above-ground commuter station and a permanent PingZhen underground commuter station.

The mentioned station is Malaysia-based Gamuda’s sixth project in Taiwan and is going to be done by a 60:40 unincorporated JV of Gamuda and Asia World Engineering & Construction (AWEC).

AWEC is a Taiwan-based firm principally engaged in general civil construction, specializing in geotechnical, hydraulic, architectural and civil engineering.

The 3.86km of the 43km Kaohsiung Metropolitan Mass Rapid Transit Line was Gamuda’s first project in Taiwan. Nevertheless, current projects contain a 7.3km 161kv underground transmission line from Songshu to Guanfeng.

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