The Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) said in a statement on Tuesday that it expects the construction of the Seac Pai Van section of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to get off the ground at the end of this year.
The 1.6-kilometre-long Seac Pai Van section will connect the still-under-construction Cotai hospital complex – officially known as Islands Healthcare Complex – and the sprawling Seac Pai Van public housing estate in Coloane.
“Islands” is the official term for Taipa, Coloane and Cotai.
The office unsealed bids submitted by 10 construction companies for the construction of the project on Tuesday. All bids were accepted.
According to the statement, the quotations proposed by the 10 bidders range from MOP 896 million to MOP 975 million (US$112.82–122.7 million).
According to the statement, the office has set a maximum period of 960 working days for the winning bidder to complete the project.
According to the statement, the construction periods proposed by the 10 bidders range from 490 to 820 working days.
The Seac Pai Van section will only have two stations – one in Estrada do Istmo near the future Cotai hospital complex, and the other one in Estrada de Seac Pai Van outside the Seac Pai Van public housing estate.
In addition to the two stations – officially known as Islands Hospital station and Seac Pai Van station, a transfer station will be built on the LRT Taipa section for LRT passengers to transfer between the Taipa section and the Seac Pai Van section, according to the statement.
The future Islands Hospital station will be extended and connected to the transfer station on the Taipa section. The Lotus Checkpoint station on the Taipa section is the closest station to the future transfer station.