Bouygues Construction is awarded a contract in Hong Kong worth 360 million euros
Dragages Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has just signed a contract in Hong Kong. This contract for the construction of a rail tunnel, worth 360 million euros, follows the recent signature of another contract for construction of a cruise ship terminal, worth 490 million euros (1).
The new project includes construction of a stretch of a new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and Guangdong (MTRC Express Rail Link no. 820), one of the city's ten largest infrastructure projects. The structure will consist of two parallel single-track tunnels each 3.5 km long, and will form part of the future railway that will link Hong Kong to Shanghai and Beijing in 2015.
One of the biggest difficulties to be overcome is the considerable number of obstructions (deep-laid foundations of current structures, metro lines, etc.) encountered along the 3.5 km of the route.
Works have just begun and will last five years (60 months), requiring roughly 1,000 people on site during peak periods. Two TBMs will be needed to construct the two 9-metre diameter tubes.
This project and the cruise ship terminal give the Group a good long-term visibility in this booming region.
Bouygues Construction operates three subsidiaries in Hong Kong: Dragages Hong Kong, VSL (post-tensioning, cable-stay systems for bridges and special foundations) and Byme (mechanical and electrical). It already has numerous buildings and structures to its credit in the territory, among the most recent of which are the Lok Ma Chau tunnel (2006), AsiaWorld-Expo (2006), the East Tsing Yi viaduct (2008), the Ocean Park theme park (2009) and the Sky City Marriott hotel (2009). It is currently working on the rainwater drainage tunnel (handover 2011), the Civil Aviation Department headquarters (handover early 2012) and the extension of the West Island Line metro (handover 2014).
(1) See the press release issued 10 June 2010