Thursday, November 30, 2017

Moving Forward: Maintenance, Rehabilitation, and Operations of MRT-3

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The 3rd aspect of DOTr’s Four-Point Strategy for MRT-3 is contracting a qualified and experienced maintenance and rehabilitation service provider with an indicative term of 3 years.

Scope of Work

The service provider is intended to do not just maintenance, they are also intended to rehabilitate and restore the system to its original performance condition. Due to underinvestment in preventive maintenance and renewal works in recent years, the condition of MRT-3 has degraded to a state where maintenance works alone are no longer sufficient. The indicative term of 3 years is needed for the service provider’s rehabilitation and restoration works.

Who Will Do the Work

Part of DOTr’s preparations for the termination of BURI and takeover of MRT-3 is pursuing options for the system’s replacement maintenance service provider. In the last few months, the DOTr has been discussing options with development partners (e.g., Japan, Singapore, France).

Pursuant to the Philippines-Japan infrastructure development cooperation framework, discussions with the Government of Japan (GOJ) has progressed and an agreement is already scheduled to be signed before year-end. After the Government-to-Government (G2G) agreement for an Official Development Assistance (ODA) is signed, the maintenance and rehabilitation service contractor will be contracted pursuant to GOJ and JICA rules.

The joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation 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.

Link with O&M Provider

The 4th aspect of DOTr’s Four-Point Strategy for MRT-3 is getting a long-term (30 yrs.), single-point-of-responsibility, O&M provider for MRT-3.

DOTr has already granted original proponent status to the proponent of an unsolicited proposal, which will soon be endorsed to NEDA for approval.

The maintenance and rehabilitation service provider will be contracted ahead of the O&M provider to allow for the NEDA approval and Swiss Challenge process. When the O&M provider assumes the operation of MRT-3, they will also take in the maintenance and rehabilitation service provider that will be contracted earlier by DOTr.

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