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March 15, 2010

Leighton Asia awarded US$417 million XRL contract


The MTR Corporation has awarded Leighton Asia a contract worth US$417 million for the construction of the tunnels and ventilation buildings in the Tse Uk Tsuen to Shek Yam section of the Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL).
     The XRL is a cross boundary transport infrastructure project, which will provide high speed rail services between Hong Kong and Mainland China. The Hong Kong SAR Government has entrusted the design and construction of the Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Express Rail Link Hong Kong Section to the MTR Corporation.
     The Hong Kong section of the XRL will be underground for the 26 km from the terminus in West Kowloon to the boundary crossing point at Huanggang, Shenzhen. The awarded Contract 822 includes the construction of a 7.6 km twin-track tunnel between Tse Uk Tsuen and Shek Yam, ventilation and access adits, two ventilation buildings and a 90 m deep ventilation shaft. Drill and blast techniques will be used for the construction of the tunnels. The works will be undertaken in co-operation with Macmahon Holdings. Contract works start in March 2010 with scheduled completion in 2015.

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