New Projects / New Opportunities
GATES PCM Construction Ltd has once again edged out its competition to land an array of major projects. This success, not only serves to increase the market share of the local railway company, but also presents the company with opportunities to further strengthen its position as a local leader in railway track works.
Its most recent project was awarded by SMRT Corporation Ltd. The project involves GATES PCM performing timber to timber sleeper changing along the East-West Line’s West Zone. While this project is similar to other works that the company has performed in recent years, there are steps towards innovation that have been taken in this particular project.
Director of Engineering at GATES PCM Construction Ltd, Mr Vignesh Partheeban said: “With this project, we will be the first in Singapore to introduce mechanisation for timber sleeper changing. Our Rail Road Vehicles (RRVs), with the assistance of an operator, will do the actual manual work of sleeper changing, thus reducing manpower costs tremendously.”
Together with the ongoing Rail Replacements Project (replacement of 400 rail pieces across the MRT network) awarded earlier this year, the company has built a stable of projects in track maintenance, despite just completing two major maintenance projects in July.
The first project involved 8000 timber sleeper replacements for the East-West Line while the second was a historic local project involving the inaugural replacement of turnout concrete bearers in the north and west of the MRT network.
Yet, beyond just maintenance projects, GATES PCM Construction Ltd also took up the North-East Line Extension project and completed it within the second quarter of this year.
This project marks the first time, after a long break, that the local railway leader has performed every element of track works within a project. This includes pre-construction works like site surveys and construction works like concrete, rail and sleeper installations.
On top of these projects, GATES PCM also recently started on the Works Train Project for the upcoming Tuas West Extension Line in July. According to Senior Project Coordinator, Mr.Gunaselan Dharmiah, the awarding of this project, is telling of the great job that has been performed by the company at the Works Train Project for Downtown Lines 1 & 2.
“The continued trust that our client, LTA, has in our abilities gives us great pride. It is a clear sign that GATES PCM is a promising local railway company with a bright future. More than that, I am proud that the company will now be able to give more Singaporean youth, the opportunity to get involved and learn about the railway industry,” added the 31-year old.
GATES PCM Construction Ltd is currently tendering for another maintenance project for the replacement of 90200 sleeper across the MRT network, amongst many other projects. With this ambitious outlook, the future does seem bright for the promising local railway firm.