ACCIONA has won a €330 million contract to build a section of a new railway line in the Philippines that will link the city of Malolos with Clark International Airport, 80 kilometers north of Manila, the capital. The project is being financed by the Asian Development Bank and it is estimated that construction will take three years.
The contract involves the construction of a 6.5-kilometer main railway line, which includes an elevated section, an underground section with cut and cover that will provide access to the Clark International Airport station, substation, and auxiliary facilities.
The rail line will become a key transport infrastructure in the metropolitan region of Manila and is one of the priority projects identified by the Department of Transportation (DOTR). The project will cut the travel time between Clark and Manila from two to three hours by bus to one hour by train, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60,000 tons a year.
ACCIONA has considerable experience in executing rail infrastructure. The group is currently constructing the Follo Line in Oslo, Norway for the Norwegian Railway Authority, which will become the longest railway tunnel in Scandinavia upon completion. Another noteworthy project is the company’s design and execution of the Dubai Metro Red Line expansion. In Latin America, ACCIONA has built metro lines in Santiago, Chile, and Quito, Ecuador. In Spain, ACCIONA has built several metro lines in Madrid and Barcelona.
ACCIONA, which opened a commercial office in Manila in April 2019, has been operating in the country since 2016 after being awarded the contract for the design, construction, operation, and one-year maintenance of the Putatan II water treatment plant. The plant required an investment of US$127 million and will cater o nearly 1.5 million people.
Currently, ACCIONA is also developing the 650-meter-long Cebu-Cordova cable-stayed bridge in the Philippines, which will link Cebu City and Mactan International Airport. The project has reached the 50% completion mark.