PAA selects shortlist of contractors
CONSTRUCTION of the $50-billion Chek Lap Kok airport has taken a major leap forward with the Provisional Airport Authority (PAA) selecting contractors and suppliers to tender for 10 key contracts.
This is the largest amount of work to be put to tender so far and covers everything from lifts and escalators to tunnel construction and materials testing.
Nearly 50 firms and joint ventures have been chosen and the PAA expects to invite the first tenders by the end of this month.
''The companies have been pre-qualified and selected from a register of firms compiled by the PAA over the past two years,'' a spokesman said.
Some of the biggest firms in Hong Kong are represented.
Among the building contractors are Dragages et Travaux Publics, part of France's Bouygues group; Downer, which recently merged with Paul Y-ITC; Leighton Contractors Asia; Nishimatsu of Japan; and Gammon, jointly-owned by Trafalgar House and Jardine Matheson.
The equipment suppliers include Chevalier (HK), Kone Elevator, Otis Elevator, Fujitec, Hitachi, Ryoden Lift and Escalator and the General Electric Company of Hong Kong.
There are also two other significant contracts.
One is to run two labour camps for the 20,000 construction workers who are expected to work on the project. The successful operator is expected to provide not only meals, but cleaning, laundry and other services.
The other entails the supply of more than one million cubic metres of concrete for the terminal building, runway, taxi-ways and associated work.
Industry sources said at this stage the amount of construction work was modest and entailed the formation of airfield tunnels for the underground driverless people-mover train, baggage handling systems and drainage work.
But orders for the lifts, escalators and walkways were some of the biggest on the whole project.
The PAA is reluctant to reveal cost estimates but it said the terminal design calls for 94 escalators, 2.5 kilometres of moving walkway and 84 lifts.
A PAA spokesman said further work included an order for 53,150 square metres of specialist glass curtain walling, which industry sources estimated would cost a massive $2.5 billion, and a 1.2-kilometre long steel roof.
The PAA spokesman confirmed firms had still to be selected to bid for these orders.
Work at the airport site was already moving into a higher gear after the Legislative Council approved a Government funding request for nearly $15 billion in June.
This allowed the PAA to award five advance-work contracts worth nearly $1 billion in June and provided enough cash to construct the 490,000 sq metre passenger terminal - one of the biggest in the world - the single runway, taxi-ways and ground transportation centre.
Contract 365 - Lifts: Aufzugbau Rangger, Chevalier (HK), Fujitec (HK) Co, Hitachi Elevator Engineering Co (HK), Kone Elevator (HK), Otis Elevator Co (HK), Ryoden Lift and Escalator Co, The General Electric Co of Hong Kong Contract 366 - Escalators: Chevalier (HK), Constructions Industrielles De La Mediterranee, Fujitec (HK) Co, Kone Elevator (HK), Otis Elevator (HK), Ryoden Lift and Escalator Co, The General Electric Co of Hong Kong Contract 367 - Walkways: Constructions Industrielles De La Mediterranee, Fujitec (HK) Co, Kone Elevator (HK), Otis Elevator (HK), Ryoden Lift and Escalator Co, The General Electric Company of Hong Kong Contract 370 - Aircraft Loading Bridges: Aviobridge-Sam Technolgoy Consortium, Fabriksmontering I Trelleborg Aktienbolag, FMC Hong Kong, Marubeni Corp / Shinmaywa Industries, Mitsubishi Consortium, Ramp International, Steams Airport Equipment Co, Thyssen-Shanghai Crane Joint Venture Contract 375 - Passenger and Baggage Security Screening System: EG&G Astrophysics, Europscan Joint Venture, Heiman Systems, Hughes Asia Pacific, Jebsen and Co, Securair International Contract 430 - Airfield Tunnels: Aoki Corporation, Bilfinger + Berger-Franki JV, Costain Building and Civil Engineering, Downer-Paul Y-McAlpine JV, Dragages et Travaux Publics (HK), Kumagai Gumi Group, Leighton Contractors (Asia), Nishimatsu-China Harbour-Gammon JV Contract 501 - Stormwater Drainage Box Culverts: Aoki Corp, China Fujian-McAlpine JV, Dragages et Travaux Publics (HK), Franki-Bilfinger + Berger JV, Gammon Construction, Hsin Chong Construction Co, Kumagai Gumi (HK), Leighton Contractors (Asia), Nishimatsu-Costain-China Harbour JV Licences LO2 and LO2A - Concrete Production: Costain Building and Civil Engineering, Hip Hing Construction Co, K. Wah Concrete Co, Ken On Concrete Co, Pioneer Concrete (Hong Kong), Ready Mixed Concrete (HK), Redland Concrete Licence LO8 - Materials Testing: Geotechnics and Concrete Engineering (HK), MateriaLab, Messrs Sandberg, TBV Stanger Asia, WS Atkins Licences L15 - Workforce Accommodation Operation: Gardner Merchant Kelvin Hong Kong, LSG Catering Hong Kong, P & O Catering and Services, SHRM-HKR Co Consortium Of the contracts awarded, the largest was a $465 million deal to Nishimatsu and Gammon for the construction of the passenger terminal foundations. The fast-track project has to be largely completed by October.
Other contracts covered workforce accommodation won by Shun Shing Construction and Engineering, water pipelines which went to the Leighton-Lama joint venture, temporary utilities, roads and bridges awarded to the China Fujian-Downer-Alfred McAlpine joint venture and temporary ferry piers let to Universal Dockyard.