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Taiwan Airport T3 faces delays after failed tender

Its completion could be postponed beyond 2022

After a tender for work on Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s Terminal 3 project failed to attract enough bidders Thursday, its completion might have to be delayed beyond 2022, media reports said. Earlier requests from project contractors had already led the authorities to postpone the original completion date from 2020 to 2022. 

The new terminal is designed to handle 20 million passengers a year, and once its satellite areas are completed, the total will rise to 45 million a year, the "Central News Agency" reported. However, the tender for the terminal’s main project failed in the last days because fewer than three bidders showed up to vie for the contract. 

Terminal 3 is one of the biggest public construction projects in Taiwan’s recent history, and several measures have already been adopted to attract contractors, such as a relaxation of limits on the recruitment and import of foreign workers, "CNA" reported. The delays also result in a rise in costs from NT$74 billion (USD 2.4 billion) to NT$79 billion (USD 2.5 billion), according to reports.

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