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Nov 29, 2017 @ 21:45

Sumitomo to take over as MRT3 maintenance provider


Japan and the Philippines are expected to ink a government-to-government agreement that will pave the way for Sumitomo Corp. and technical partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to take over the maintenance works for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3).

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is hoping to secure an official development assistance from Japan for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the MRT3.

“The joint venture of Sumitomo Corpo and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is being closely considered due to their background and experience with the MRT-3 – they designed and built the system from 1998 to 2000, and maintained the system from 2000 to 2012,” DOTr said.

DOTr said the maintenance and rehabilitation contract would have a term of three years, and include the rehabilitation and restoration of the system to its original performance standards.

Last Nov. 6, DOTr terminated the 3-year maintenance contract of Busan Universal Rails Inc. due to its inability to meet the performance indicators in the contract and its failure to procure spare parts.

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