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Announces Awarding of Contract "Rolling Stock Modification and New Train Cars for SCL Phase 1" for MTR in Hong Kong
January 24, 2014
ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”), The Kinki Sharyo Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Higashi-Osaka, Osaka; Itsuo Morishita, President) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Shigeru Murayama, President) (hereinafter, the Consortium) announced today that the Consortium has been awarded a contract by MTR Corporation Limited (hereinafter, MTR) to modify rolling stock and to supply new train cars. The value of the contract is approximately 1.1 billion Hong Kong dollars (approximately 14.8 billion yen) and delivery of the new train cars will start in July 2015. The modification of existing rolling stock will be carried out in stages with completion expected for 2018.
MTR is in the process of building the Shatin to Central Link (hereinafter, SCL), a new railway line scheduled for completion in 2018. After the completion of the SCL, the two existing MTR routes, the West Rail Line (Hung Hom Station to Tuen Mun Station) and the Ma On Shan Line (Tai Wai Station to Wu Kai Sha Station) will connect east and west through the SCL and start operations as the new East West Corridor (hereinafter, EWC). With the inauguration of the EWC, it is expected to greatly increase convenience for passengers.
At this time, the Consortium has received the order outlined below.
(1) The Consortium will modify the rolling stock supplied in the past
At present, MTR is operating the train cars supplied by the Consortium in the past in configurations of 12, 7 and 4 car-train divided between the East Rail Line, the West Rail Line and the Ma On Shan Line. The Consortium will carry out modification work of the existing rolling stock to the EWC route specifications.
(2) Supply of the intermediate cars
The Consortium will supply 36 intermediate cars to convert the rolling stock to a standard train configuration for EWC.
The Consortium has been the supplier of the rolling stock to MTR Corporation including the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC), the predecessor of MTR. The new intermediate cars are the same type of stainless steel vehicle as the rolling stock supplied in the past, and are noted for the exceptional quietness both inside and outside the vehicles as well as a high level of comfort and environmental performance. The award of this order shows appreciation of the way the Consortium has executed past contracts very well and the high level of reliability of the delivered rolling stock.
The Consortium is pleased to continue to contribute to the development of social infrastructure in Hong Kong through the rolling stock business.