|Metro Line 5, phase 2, has a total length of about 14.5km, from Bay Hien intersection to the new Can Giuoc bus station|
In a letter sent to the Management Authority for Urban Railways of Ho Chi Minh City (MAUR) and Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, Soun-young Chung, general manager of Kexim Bank’s Global Business Cooperation Division said that the bank will soon finance the pre-feasibility study.
The project will transform from official development assistance (ODA) to the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
The study is implemented on three specific aspects: engineering, financing, and legality.
Members of the research team and participating investors have extensive experience in the construction and operation of urban railway lines, including Metro Line 9 of Seoul, Korea, built under the PPP model.
On January 19, the MAUR worked with a group of investors and consulting companies from Korea.
The group consists of Kexim Bank, Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd., Lotte Corporation, Samil PwC (finance consultant), Dohwa Engineering (engineering consultant), Sejong Corporation, and Shearman & Sterling (legal advisory), among others.
It is anticipated that the pre-feasibility study will be summited by the end of 2020.
The pre-feasibility study of phase 2 of Metro Line 5 was previously funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). However, due to objective reasons, the ODA form cannot be implemented and is being replaced by the PPP format.
At present, KOICA is funding an urban planning research technical assistance project based on transit-oriented development (TOD) on this section.
Metro Line 5 has a total length of 23.4km separated into two phases. Phase 1, from Bay Hien intersection to Saigon Bridge, has a total length of about 8.89km and a total investment value of about $1.66 billion. Phase 2, from Bay Hien intersection to the new Can Giuoc bus station, has a total length of about 14.5km.
Funding for this project comes from the Spanish government, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Investment Bank (EIB), and German Reconstruction Bank (KfW).
Ho Chi Minh City is planning to construct eight metro lines with a total length of about 220km, with the total investment of nearly $25 billion. Currently, Metro Line 1 (Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien) and Line 2 (Ben Thanh-Tham Luong) have been invested in the form of ODA.
In addition to phase 2 of Metro Line 5, which is calling for investment, Ho Chi Minh City is also calling for investment in four other metro lines, including Line 2 (phase 2), 3A, 4, and 5 (phase 1).
By Truc Anh
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