2014-01-22: Current Progress of Macau LRT

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Macau LRT, a set on Flickr.

Above photos were taken on January 22nd 2014 and show the current progress of the Macau Light Rail system in its construction close to City of Dreams and the new Wynn Palace construction site. In line with the officially published progress of today (pictured below), civil works are still under construction for the elevated track system.

Progress of Macau LRT as of today. Taken from GIT homepage.

Progress of Macau LRT as of today. Taken from GIT homepage.

To be more specified, all the photos above visualize point no. 2 “Civil Engineering of the Main Body” which would consist of

  • Foundations
  • Pillars of Elevated Track
  • Elevated Track Elements (between the pillars)
  • Depot Tracks and Building
  • Operations Control Center
  • Station Buildings
  • Track Itself
  • Support Structures for other systems
  • Tunnel

Having visited this area several times in the last couple of weeks I have noticed the lack of workforce at these areas. In particular there have been no workers at site, as can be seen on this photo. Also the actual elevated track progress is very slow. Unfortunately I didn’t take photos of the pillars progress from several weeks ago, but the general feeling persists that not much has happened.

With operation in 2016 in mind, the current state of the track and two upcoming typhoon seasons as well as numerous Casino projects being realized at the same time, on-time completion of the system seems highly risky. As shown in above graphic, design and installation of systems is still ongoing and will still take some time. Yet as far as I can see progress is at merely 25%, even though tenders were awarded at quite some time ago (2010!)! And there is still a lot to complete:

  • Remainder of civil structure including all the station buildings
  • After completion of stations and track it will take another year for all systems to be installed, cabled, wired, tested and commissioned
  • After individual systems have been tested, they need to be integrated, especially with Rolling Stock
  • After Rolling Stock has been commissioned and system integrated, operational scenarios and test runs need to be conducted

A typical Operational Scenario testing and test run period of time is 6 months. That is for a conventional system. Here however we have a driverless system that will require more extensive preparations. Taking Singapore LRT as an example (according to which Macau has been modelled), 7 to 8 months are realistic (Punggol LRT Line, Construction Complete in June 2004, testing and trial runs until end of January 2005).

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