BANGKOK Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority has invited bids for supply of electrical and mechanical equipment for its initial 22 km heavy metro route from the city centre near Hua Lampong to Bang Sue via Asok, Huai Khwang and Lat Phrao. The aim is to award the contract on the basis of an equip, operate and maintain (EOM) concession, of sufficient length for the supplier to recover its investment. Draft documentation was released on December 4, with bids due back by the end of the month.MRTA has already awarded a contract for construction of the 11 km southern section between Hua Lampong and the depot at Rama IX Road to a consortium led by Germany’s Bilfinger & Berger (RG 12.96 p777). Detailed design and project management for this section is being undertaken by Maunsell Consultants of Great Britain. The twin running tunnels will be bored through soft alluvial soil using earth pressure balance TBMs, with the nine stations built by top-down construction within diaphragm walls. o
THE first of six junior chess tournaments, planned by the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) and sponsored by DDL TOPCO juices, is set for tomorrow at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown. Admission is free for all players and registration starts at 9:00hrs at the same venue on tournament day.The GCF successfully clinched a renewed sponsorship package earlier this week with beverage giant, Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL) under its TOPCO juices brand for the junior competitions.DDL TOPCO juices has committed $320,000 to the chess body to cover prizes for the six competitions and Sharda Veeren-Chand, DDL Marketing Director, was pleased to disclose the approval of the sponsorship.The company played a dominant role in the sponsorship of tournaments previously. The six junior tournaments will be staged by the GCF during November and December, 2019.Frankie Farley, president of the GCF, thanked DDL for its involvement and the important role of the company in the development of local chess.“Your generous contribution will be instrumental in making our vision a reality by helping to offset part of the cost associated with the implementation of the various planned initiatives,” Farley asserted.The upcoming one-day tournament consists of 12 rounds. Each player will be allotted 10 minutes plus 5 seconds increment per round. Interested players can contact Rashad on 658-3004, Davion on 656-4032 or Anthony on 613-2083 for more information.