A joint venture between Australia’s Leighton and China State Construction Engineering has secured a $760.5 million contract from metro operator MTR Corporation for works on the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) in Hong Kong.
Leighton holds a 51% share of the total revenue for the project.
Works under this project include the construction of an underground station named Exhibition Station, and 300 meter of a cut-and-cover tunnel, called Western Approach Tunnel, along Convention Avenue.
The construction work is expected to begin this month.
The new station will serve Hong Kong’s Convention Centre and the north Wan Chai area. This will also complete the new railway link connecting New Territories and north Hong Kong.
Leighton Holdings Executive chairman and CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “Demand from growing populations and the need to address infrastructure deficits are resulting in continued growth in infrastructure investment in Asia.
“In addition to this project, Hong Kong’s Government announced plans last year to further expand its mass transit network in coming years.”
The 17km-long SCL comprises two parts Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section and Hung Hom to Admiralty Section.
The first section will extend the existing Ma On Shan Line from Tai Wai to the West Rail Line via East Kowloon to form the ‘East West Corridor’ and the second one will extend the existing East Rail Line across the harbour to Wan Chai North and Admiralty to form the ‘North South Corridor’.