ORIENT EXPRESS

A major high speed rail line that will connect the Taiwan's capital in the north with the port city of Kaohsiung in the south is being viewed as a key component in the economic future of Taiwan. This article describes the construction of this high speed rail project. A private-sector company that will also operate the line in a build/operate/transfer arrangement is leading the construction. The total construction investment is approximately $15 billion, making the project the world's largest private-sector-financed construction project in dollar terms. The project has been divided into six major contract components, each involving one or more contracts: advance work; civil works; stations; depots and maintenance buses; track work;and mechanical and electrical work for core systems. The civil works contracts include the construction of 39 km of bored tunnels, 8 km of cut-and-cover tunnels, 251 km of precast, prestressed box girder viaduct and steel through truss bridges, and 32 km of cut-and-fill embankments. A variety of design and construction techniques were needed since the northern section of the aliment is generally mountainous and the southern section is constructed on an alluvial plain. The line is scheduled to go into operation in October 2005 and will be fully operational by 2006.

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  • Accession Number: 00989080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 2005 12:00AM