State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has awarded Japanese consortium formed of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Hitachi and Sumitomo Corporation a THB 32.399 billion (USD 920 million) contract to design and build an Electric and Mechanical (E&M) system, as a full turn-key package, for Red Line Construction Project. The completion of the construction is expected in 2020.
MHI will be responsible for design and procurement of systems other than rolling stocks, Hitachi will be responsible for the design and build of rolling stocks, and Sumitomo will be responsible for administration work and the local installation work.
In Thailand, the population is mostly dependent on automobile transportation; as a result, traffic congestion, as well as air pollution from the automobiles is getting severe.Therefore, demand for the transportation infrastructure, which achieves mass transit and low carbon, is increasing.
Red Line Construction Project is one of the infrastructure investment programs (“Mega Projects”) which the Thai Government
is leading. From Bang Sue Station, located in the center of Bangkok, 26.4 kilometer line to the north (North Line) and 14.6kilometer line to the west (West Line) the project will be constructed as a fully elevated rail system. North Line will be constructed using the JICA’s International Yen Loan, and West Line will be constructed using the Thai Government’s own fund. This contract includes, design and build of trackworks, overhead catenary system, power supply system, signaling system, communication system and rolling stock, and the contractor is responsible to undertake these works on a full turnkey basis.