Thomson Line Construction in Full Swing

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25 Jul 2014

Last three civil contracts awarded today

  1. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the last three of 25 major civil contracts for Thomson Line’s Orchard, Marina South and Gardens by the Bay stations and tunnels at a total value of around S$1.32 billion.
  2. Said LTA’s Deputy Chief Executive Mr Chua Chong Kheng: “With the award of these three civil contracts, LTA has awarded all the 25 major civil contracts for Thomson Line at a total cost of approximately S$7.77 billion. Construction works for Thomson Line are currently in full swing and the line is on track to open in phases between 2019 and 2021.”

Scope of Contracts

  1. The construction of Orchard station has been awarded to Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd – Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd Joint Venture, at a contract sum of approximately S$498 million. Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd is an established construction company in Japan, and is currently involved in the construction of Downtown Line’s Bendemeer station, as well as Thomson Line’s Woodlands North and Bright Hill stations. It was also involved in the construction of the Marina Coastal Expressway. Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd specialises in geotechnical and civil engineering works. It was involved in the construction of Bugis and Telok Ayer stations for Downtown Line. 
  2. Orchard station will be an interchange station connecting Thomson Line with the North-South Line. When opened, commuters on the North-South Line can enjoy greater accessibility to the Thomson and Havelock precincts. As Thomson Line will run largely parallel to the North-South Line, it will bring significant time savings to commuters travelling along the north-south corridor. For example, Woodlands South residents travelling to Orchard will be able to do so within a 35-minute train ride on the TSL, compared to a 50-minute journey by bus and MRT today.
  3. The construction of the Marina South station and tunnels has been awarded to Sinohydro Corporation Ltd. (Singapore Branch) – Sembcorp Design and Construction Pte Ltd Joint Venture, for a contract sum of S$488 million. Sinohydro Corporation is an hydropower engineering and construction company which has been involved in a wide range of international infrastructure works such as hydroelectric dams, power plants, road and rail projects. Sinohydro Corporation Ltd. (Singapore Branch) is currently involved in the construction of Thomson Line’s Napier Station. Their local joint venture partner, Sembcorp Design and Construction Pte Ltd, is a Singapore company set up in 1994 which provides design-and-build construction services including architectural, civil and structural, mechanical and electrical engineering and quantity surveying.
  4. The construction of the Gardens by the Bay station and tunnels has been awarded to Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd – Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd Joint Venture, at a contract sum of S$331 million. Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd is an established construction company in Japan and is currently involved in the construction of tunnels between Downtown Line’s Ubi and Kaki Bukit stations. Their local joint venture partner, Bachy Soletanche Singapore Pte Ltd, specialises in geotechnical and civil engineering works.
  5. Together with Woodlands, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill and Mount Pleasant stations, Gardens by the Bay station will serve as the sixth Civil Defence shelter along the Thomson Line. The station will also link Thomson Line to the future Eastern Region Line when both lines are completed.

About Thomson Line

  1. The 30-km long Thomson Line will connect the northern and central parts of Singapore to the city and the rest of the MRT network, provide additional capacity along the north-south corridors, and strengthen the overall resilience of the rail network. Fully underground, Thomson Line comprises 22 stations including six interchange stations: Woodlands, Caldecott, Stevens, Orchard, Outram Park and Marina Bay. These interchange stations will link to the North-South-East-West Line (NSEWL), Downtown Line (DTL), North East Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL), providing greater accessibility and significantly improving travel time for commuters.

Annex C – Map of Thomson Line