38 firms look at Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan double-track railway project
SOME 38 companies have picked up the bidding package for the Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan double-track railway project, while the State Railway of Thailand has extended the preparation period from 30 days to 45 days to allow them to more time to make detailed proposals and find partners.
“As scheduled, the Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan project will definitely be within the government’s three-month framework, while the Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin route will be opened for picking up bidding documents next week if there’s no problem,” said Anont Luangboriboon, acting governor of SRT
SRT made the bidding documents available on May 22
The 84-kilometre project is estimated to be worth Bt7.3 billion. According to SRT, this round has seen an increase in the number of companies seeking the bidding documents to 38 from 31 in the previous round.
More medium-sized contractors on the Highways Department’s list were interested in obtaining the package.
SRT sent a letter to the Comptroller General’s Department, asking to extend the preparation period from 30 days to 45 days, citing the superboard for procurement’s view that the 30-day period was too short.
Foreign companies also have to submit their documents to |their embassies for notarisation, and this time, some local firms are expected to join forces with Chinese partners.
Initially, SRT has set July 7 as the deadline for the companies to submit their proposal for the route and a 10-day period is required for review of qualifications. The announcement will be made on July 17.
SRT will allow companies to appeal their qualifications from July 18-20 and will give a response from July 21-26. The bidding will be held on July 27.
The 38 firms picking up the bidding document are Unique Enginering and Construction Plc, Civil Engineering Co, Italian-Thai Development Plc, Serm Sanguan Construction Co, Ch Karnchang Plc, Sor Khemrat Industry Co, Sakdaporn Co, Kampangphet Viwat Construction Co, P P D Construction Co, Sino Hydro Corporation, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc, Vongsayam Korsang Co, TBTC Joint Venture Co, Buriram Thongchai Construction Co, Ch Thawee Construction Co, Nawarat Patanakarn Plc, S K Y Construction Co, Thai P-con and Industry Co, Npa Construction Part Ltd, A S Associate Engineering (1964) Co, Thai-CR 5 Joint Venture Co, V S K Joint Venture Co, Power line Engineering Plc, Afcons Infrastructure, Prayut Engineering Co, Tharawan Construction Co, Chokdee Engineer Product Co, SMT Joint Venture Co, China Harbor Engineering Co, Power Construction Technology Co, Phraethumrongvit Co, Sahakarn Wisavakorn Co, China Railway 11 Bureau Group, China Railway First Group Co, Emrail, CTCI Corp, Chainunt Construction (2524) Co and Ktech Infrastructure Co.
Meanwhile, the planned Sino-Thai high-speed train project running between Thailand and Nakhon Ratchasima worth Bt179 billion was close to reaching a conclusion, Transport Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith said after the 18th meeting of the Sino-Thai joint committee on rail collaboration.
The ministry is expected to submit the final details of the project to the Cabinet for consideration next month, he added.
Thailand has set the target to sign with China the project design contract by July before launching the bidding for the first phase of construction of 3.5 kilometres worth Bt200 million in July or August.
SRT has finished drafting the terms of reference for the first phase.