LRT-1 Cavite Extension features world-class construction technology

1 October 2020, MANILA, Philippines – Construction of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension is going on in full swing with the installation of pi-girders through above-ground launcher.

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), private operator of LRT-1, is working with Bouygues Travaux Publics as the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor for this much-anticipated LRT-1 extension. A global player in construction operating in more than 80 countries from 5 continents, Bouygues Travaux Publics is an expert in large-scale projects involving tunnels, engineering structures, as well as road, port & rail infrastructures.

For the phase 1 of the project, a total of 203 pi-girders (chief horizontal support in a structure) will be installed using the above-ground launcher. The project’s target is to install a pi-girder every 1-2 days until January 2022. A first for the Philippines, this special engineering method allows for faster execution and causes minimal effect on the ground-level traffic. The other pi-girders will be installed via on-ground equipment such as straddle carriers and cranes.

5th pi-girder installed in front of the pre-cast yard along C5 Extension, Las Pinas City.
Taken on 30 September 2020
Aerial view of the pi-girders being installed via launcher
Taken last 25 September 2020 when the 1st pi-girder was installed via above-ground launcher

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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.

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