Makkah Metro issues Phase 1 rail systems prequal invite

Makkah Metro issues Phase 1 rail systems prequal invite :The contract for the MPTP Metro Phase 1 includes track work and systems (including systems for depot), according to a company statement.

The Development Commission of Makkah and Mashaaer (DCOMM) has issued an invitation to prequalify for the Metro Public Transport Program (MPTP) Phase 1 rail system works, according to a statement on the company website.

“DCOMM has invited experienced national and international companies specialized in metro and bus transit systems to prequalify for the metro rail systems works,” said the invite.

The contract for the MPTP Metro Phase 1 includes track work, systems (including systems for depot) which include: traction power; signaling; telecommunication; stations and buildings fitting out; MEP and overall system integration.

The deadline for return of the completed prequalification documents is 26 May, 2014.

“This is a vital part of the project but does not include rolling stock or civil work, which is part of another ongoing prequalification process,” a source close to the project told Zawya.

Meanwhile, Osama Al Bar, Head of the Executive Committee for the Makkah metro project told the national Arabic daily Al Eqtisadiah in a media report today that it will issue tenders for two rail lines as part of the USD multi-billion metro project in the western town of Makkah within the next two weeks.

Sixteen international consortiums have been prequalified for this project, which involves the construction of the two lines (totaling 46 kilometers) to serve 22 metro stations, said Bar.

“Within the next two weeks, we intend to issue the tenders to the 16 prequalified companies who submitted applications three months ago,” he added.

The consortiums include companies from China, South Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Italy and Austria, according to the.

The tenders comprise two contracts–one for a 25-kilometers line and another for a 21-kilometers rail.

“The tenders will be for two of the four planned lines in the metro project,” he said.

“We expect to officially award the contracts for the construction of these two lines in the last quarter of this year.”

He said the project involves three main parts–civil works, train transport systems, and manufacturing of the train cars and maintenance equipment.

The Makkah metro comprises four lines with a total length of 114 kilometers and 62 stations, and is part of a comprehensive transport system including various types of buses.

According to the daily, the Saudi cabinet has approved the transport project at a total cost of USD 16.5 billion (SAR 62 billion), involving three phases, the first of which will cost USD 6.8 billion (SAR 25.5 billion) and will be completed within three years.

The second five-year stage is estimated to cost USD 5.06 billion (SAR 19 billion) while the third phase will cost USD 4.6 billion (SAR17.5 billion) and will be completed within two years.

A Dubai Metro train runs past Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai

Source : www.zawya.com

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