Spotlight on the Investment, Technology and Project in Asia Rail Expansion
 
It is my greatest pleasure, on behalf of the Organizing Committee to welcome you to attend the Rail Expansion Asia 2017, which will be held on May 18-19, 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand.
 
It is forecasted that in coming 20 years the Demand of Rail transportation in Asia and Asia pacific In order to meet this demand the major stake holders especially rail and metro operators have solve the internal and external challenges, especially improve the financial and operational efficiency so that they can maximize the utilization of available resources for the future expansion.
 
The south East Asia region will experience the investment of around 146 Billion US Dollar until 2020. Major contributors on this huge investment are supposed to be Thailand (68 billion USD) andSingapore (56 billion USD) where as Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia and Vietnam will share the rest.
 
The Rail Expansion Asia 2017, schedule from May 18-19, is a 2-day gathering of international experts from all over the world to share project case studies, discuss opportunities and deliver solutions for the major challenges faced by the industry. It should be the ideal platform for rail industry stake holders/individuals to know the latest updates and explore partnership opportunities for staying ahead of the game.
 
I look forward to your participation in Rail Expansion Asia 2017.
  KEY RAILWAY PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS AT REA 2017:
Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed line The governments of Malaysia and Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding on July 19 setting out how the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail Project is to be developed for opening by around 2026. The termini of the 350 km route will be in at Jurong East in Singapore and the Bandar Malaysia area 7 km from central Kuala Lumpur, with six intermediate stations in Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and at Iskandar Puteri on the Malaysia/Singapore border.

China-Thailand railway line route The new railway line will span across Thailand and connect Vientiane in Laos and Kunming in China. It is also planned to reach Malaysia and Singapore in future. It will be divided into four sections, in Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi, Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut, Kaeng Khoi-Nakhon Ratchasima, and Nakhon Ratchasima-Nong Khai.

The first section will be a 133km line from Bangkok to Kaeng Khoi, the second section from Kaeng Khoi to Map Ta Phut over 246.5km, the third section from Kaeng Khoi to Nakhon Ratchasima will be a 138.5km line and the fourth section from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai will be connected by a 355km-long line.

It will run through ten provinces in Thailand, while the depot and operation control centre will be located in Chiangrak Noi district.

Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit-Green Line Extension, Thailand

A total of 16 stations have been identified for the Mo Chit-Khu Khot section of the MRT Green Line extension. The depot housing 36 trains and the OCC will be located near Khu Khot station.

The Mo Chit-Khu Khot Green Line MRT project was estimated to cost THB 52.97bn ($1.6bn) in 2012. It is expected to be completed in 2018 or 2019.

Four high-speed-rail projects will be included in the government’s 2017 investment plan. These are the Bt179-billion 252.5-kilometre Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima route, the Bt224-billion 382km Bangkok-Phitsanulok route, the Bt152-billion 193.5km Bangkok -Rayong route, and the Bt94.6-billion 165km Bangkok-Hua Hin route. 

Indonesia's High-Speed Railway Jakarta-Bandung Project China Railway International Co. Ltd, subsidiary of China Railway Group Ltd, together with a consortium consisting of Indonesian state-owned enterprises (which include Pilar Sinergi BUMN Indonesia, Wijaya Karya, Kereta Api, and Jasa Marga) will build Indonesia's first ever high-speed railway, valued at over USD $5 billion, between the capital city of Jakarta and Bandung (in West Java), a route that stretches for approximately 150 km. Expected to commenceoperation in early 2019, the railway project will cut the journey between the two cities to less than40 minutes, at a speed from 250 to 300 kilometers per hour.

Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7, Philippines

Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7 will have 22.8km of elevated line from North Avenue, Quezon City, to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. The project is owned and managed by the Republic of Philippines Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). Construction on the new line began in April 2016 and operations are expected to begin by August 2019.

The project is being developed through a public-private partnership (PPP) and is estimated to involve a PHP69.30bn ($1.47bn) investment.

North-South Railway Project, Philippines

The North-South Railway Project (NSRP) is a proposed railway line between Metro Manila, the National Capital Region (NCR) of the Philippines and Legaspi City, the capital of Albay province, in the Philippines.

The project is being jointly implemented by the Philippines' Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Philippines National Railways (PNR). It was approved by the National Economic and Development Agency (NEDA) Board, in February 2015.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Link, India

The high speed bullet train is expected to cover 508 km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in about two hours, running at a maximum speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph. The high speed rail project has been sanctioned with technical and financial assistance from the government of Japan and the joint feasibility study of the project has already been done by Japanese International Agency. Estimated to cost about Rs 97,636 crore, 81 per cent of the funding for the 508 km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor project will come in form of a loan from Japan. The project cost includes possible cost escalation, interest during construction and import duties.

India has warmed up to the call of introducing high-speed rail during recent years. India railways vision 2020 document unveiled in 2009 aims at operating regular passenger trains with speeds between 160km/h to 200km/h on segregated routes.

Hanoi Metro, Vietnam

Hanoi Urban Metro (Hanoi Metro) is a metro rail system that will be developed in Hanoi, Vietnam, by 2020. The project is part of an integrated development programme for urban transport in Hanoi and will provide a safe, efficient and clean urban transportation system. It is the fourth-biggest project in Vietnam to utilise the Japanese Government’s official development assistance capital. Hanoi Metro's routes will include Nam Thang Long to Tran Hung Dao, Nhon to Hanoi station, Cat Linh to Ha Dong and Yen Vien to Ngoc Hoi.

The route connecting Nam Thang Long and Tran Hung Dao will be 11.54km long and serve ten stations. The line will include an 8.55km underground section.

Please email the Senior Conference Manager at andrew.jones@umsinstitute.org to get involved as an advisory board member or as a speaker.

 

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