Six bidders have submitted quotations for the design and construction of the northern section of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) East Line, ranging from MOP 4.47 billion to 5.13 billion.
The 7.7-kilometre line will connect the Barrier Gate border checkpoint and the Taipa Ferry Terminal in Pac On via the Zone A and Zone E1 land reclamation areas. The East Line will cross the sea between Zone A and Zone E1 via a tunnel.
The Public Works Bureau (DSOP) launched two separate public tenders for the LRT East Line project’s northern and southern sections last October.
The deadline for bid submissions for the northern-section project ended on Monday. A total of six construction companies or consortia submitted their bids, which were unsealed by DSOP officials yesterday. All bids were accepted.
The deadline for bid submissions for the southern-section project ends today. The submitted bids will be unsealed tomorrow.
The LRT East Line will have six underground stations, including three in Zone A residential area. The first two stations of the LRT East Line, ES1 and ES2, will be built off the northeastern coast of the peninsula. The two stations will require the land reclamation of the mudflats off the coast.
The first station, ES1, will be built near the Barrier Gate checkpoint, while the second station, ES2, will be located near the Residência Macau residential estate.
The East Line will then run into Zone A, which will have three stations – ES3, ES4 and ES5 – before entering the undersea tunnel. The line will then enter Zone E1 where there will be one underground station, ES6, the route’s sixth and last station.
Thereafter, the track will gradually leave the underground segment and run on an elevated track before linking up with the Taipa Ferry Terminal station, the eastern terminus of the LRT Taipa section – Macao’s first LRT which came into service in December 2019.
The 2.9-kilometre LRT East Line northern section will run from the ES1 station to the ES4 station, while the 4.8-kilometre southern section will run from the ES4 station to the ES6 station before linking up with the LRT Taipa section’s Taipa Ferry Terminal station.
The government said last year that the LRT East Line project is slated to be completed in 2028.
The DSOP has set a maximum of 1,500 working days for the respective winning bidders to complete the projects. The winners are required to carry out the projects’ final construction designs first before starting the construction.
The bureau announced that the quotations for the LRT East Line northern-section project (final design plus construction) proposed by the six bidders range from MOP 4.47 billion to 5.13 billion.
Construction is expected to start in the second half of this year.
Zone A is primarily being developed for public housing projects, with only some plots earmarked for private residential projects.
The government has not revealed the bidding companies’ names or their origins.