PAR JV wins 3rd contract of Purple Line rail project at B6.4 bln


A Thai joint venture of Power Line Engineering Plc, ASCON Construction Plc and Ruamnakorn Construction (Thailand) Co Ltd yesterday won the third bidding of the Purple Line mass transit project for the construction of a maintenance centre and four park-and-ride buildings at 6.399 billion baht.

According to Chaisit Gururatana, assistant governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) who is the chairman of the bidding committee, the PAR joint venture’s bid was the lowest while Thailand’s largest construction firm Italian-Thai Development Plc came second with nearly 6.88 billion baht, Ch Karnchang and Tokyu Construction joint venture (CKTC) was the third with almost 7.64 billion and Takenaka-Ritta joint venture was the fourth with some 8.8 billion baht.

However, Chaisit said the lowest bid made by PAR joint venture is still higher than the six-billion-baht budget earlier set by the Cabinet for the construction of the maintenance centre in Bang Yai and four park-and-ride buildings at Nonthaburi Intersection station, Tha It station, Bang Yai station and Klong Bang Phai station.

Therefore, the MRTA is expected to negotiate with PAR joint venture for a reduction in the construction cost soon.

The Purple Line is a part of the mass transit system proposed for Bangkok and its vicinities as an elevated train line will stretch for a total of 23 kilometres from the end of existing subway service at Bang Sue station in Bangkok to Bang Yai district in the neighbouring province of Nonthaburi.

In January, Ch Karnchang and Tokyu Construction joint venture won the first contract at about 16.72 billion baht for the construction of 12-kilometre train line from Bang Sue to Phra Nang Klao Bridge and the construction of eight train stations along the line but the MRTA has successfully negotiated with CKTC to lower the first contract to 14.9 billion baht.

Earlier this month, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc (STECON) won the second bidding at 15.32 billion baht for the construction of 11-kilometre train line, with eight train stations, from Phra Nang Klao Bridge to Klong Bang Phai in Bang Yai district of Nonthaburi Province and the construction of a bridge crossing Chao Phraya River, south of existing Phra Nang Klao Bridge.

The MRTA will have to negotiate with STECON to lower the construction cost as well since the government has set the construction cost of all three contracts to be about 36 billion baht.