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Megawide-GMR frontrunner for Clark airport expansion project

A venture between Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure is the front-runner in a public bidding to construct a new passenger terminal at Clark International Airport.

The two companies bested four other groups, including state-owned entities from China, for the right to build an extension of the passenger terminal at Clark airport that would expand its current capacity of four million passengers yearly to 12 million by 2020.

The Duterte administration, through the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, has committed to expand Clark airport, a major component of its plan to decongest Metro Manila and its main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This also involves the establishment of a 106-kilometer railway system that would bridge the distance between Manila and Clark by 2022.

The Clark airport expansion project was split into two components: first the construction of the passenger terminal, funded by the government, and later, the bidding of the operations and maintenance contract for the facility to the private sector, which was targeted for award by March 2018.

The bidding covered the construction of a P12.55-billion passenger terminal, which should have a capacity of eight million passengers yearly.

The exercise was meant to determine which group could deliver the project at the least cost to government.

Megawide-GMR offered P9.36 billion, outbidding the offers of Tokwing Construction Corp. and China Machinery Engineering Corp. (P12.45 billion), China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd. (P12.298 billion), China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd. (P11.73 billion) and Sinohydro Corp. Ltd. (P10.68 billion).

He said Megawide-GMR’s offer would be subject to review in the next few days. The awarding date was slated for Dec. 18, 2017. The BCDA hopes to hold the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new terminal on Dec. 20.

Megawide and GMR earlier teamed up to win in 2014 the public-private partnership contract to operate and expand the international airport in Cebu, the country’s second busiest air gateway.

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