Port projects awarded

Posted on February 04, 2012

THE PHILIPPINE Ports Authority (PPA) has issued separate notices of award for P268.42-million worth of port development projects.

In a copy of the Notice of Award posted on the government agency’s Web site yesterday, Luck-Well Construction was awarded the P185.81-million expansion project for the Port of Matnog, Sorsogon.

The project involves the construction and development of the port’s back-up area, deck on piles, two roll-on roll-off ramps, and the lighting system, according to the notice.

PPA noted it expects to enter a contract with Luck-Well Construction within 10 days from the receipt of the notice.

The notice was issued by the government agency last Jan. 24, and was received by the winning contractor on Jan. 26.

Meanwhile, PPA also issued a notice of award to Kwan Sing Construction Corp. for the P82.62-million dredging project at the Port of Zamboanga in Zamboanga del Sur.

The project, dubbed as dredging of berths and maneuvering areas at Port of Zamboanga, involves rock breaking, blasting, dredging or removal of broken rock and coral formation, and disposal of dredged or excavated soil materials.

The notice of award was issued by PPA on Jan. 31 and was received by Kwan Sing Construction on Feb. 2.

The government agency expects a contract to be entered into by said parties within 10 days from the receipt of the notice.

Last month, PPA has already sealed P332.1-million worth of port development projects and issued notices of award for another P209.08-million worth of projects.

PPA expects cargo volume to increase 5% to 175.40 million metric tons (MT) in 2012 from a forecast of 167.82 million MT in 2011, the agency previously said.

Because of the expected increase in cargo volume, PPA said continuous port development projects will be undertaken by the government and various private firms.

In 2010, the country’s cargo volume reached 166.4 million MT. The 2011 projected figure of 167.82 million MT is a 1% growth from 2010 levels. -- Kathleen A. Martin