Seated, l-r: First Balfour president Anthony Fernandez, LRMC president Juan Alfonso and MRAIL president Ferdinand Inacay at the contract signing Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has signed an agreement with the First Balfour-MRAIL joint venture on the P650-million Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) rectifier substation rehabilitation project.
A design-and-build contract, the project aims to replace major equipment in the rectifier substations such as electrical switchgears, rehabilitate its supervisory control and data acquisition or SCADA systems, install new fire detection and alarm systems, and improve facilities including the construction of new workshop and storage areas.
Upon completion in October 2020, the upgraded electrical power distribution and monitoring system will significantly improve the reliability and efficiency of one of the busiest mass railway transit systems in Metro Manila. With its passenger journey increasing to half a million a day since it became operational in the 1980s, this new project is a major component towards enhanced passenger safety.
Undertaking the project with First Balfour is MRAIL, a subsidiary of Meralco.
One of the leaders in transport infrastructure, First Balfour has worked on various LRT-1 projects since the 2000s. In 2005, the company did the power supply and electrical works for the LRT-1 capacity expansion project, and completed the design-and-build contract of the LRT-1 North Extension project through a joint venture with DMCI in 2010.
In 2017, the company was awarded with the largest single contract awarded for the existing line, the LRT-1 structural rehabilitation project.
LRMC is a joint venture of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation, Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, and Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd.(Story/Photos by: Dolly Pasia-Ramos)