Dubai awards Alstom-led consortium $2.88 bln metro extension
DUBAI - Agence France-Presse
REUTERS photoDubai’s transport authority announced June 29 it had awarded a French-led consortium, also including Spain’s Acciona and Turkey’s Gülermak, a $2.88 billion contract to extend its metro network to the site of the Expo 2020 world trade fair.
The consortium will construct a 15-kilometre (nine mile) extension to the site of the fair, a statement said.
Alstom will supply 50 trains, 15 of them for the new extension and 35 to upgrade existing services, the statement said.
Ten international consortiums bid for the project, it added.
Alstom had led a consortium that built Dubai’s 10-kilometre (six mile) tramway, which cost just over one billion dollars and opened in 2014.
The Dubai Metro, which transformed transportation in the Gulf city state when it opened in September 2009, was built by a consortium led by Japan’s Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi was competing with the Alstom-led consortium for the new extension, sources familiar with the tenders said.
The metro was projected to cost $4.4 billion when work began in 2004, but that had surged to $7.6 billion by the time it was completed.
The Dubai Metro has two lines, a 52 kilometer (32 mile) Red Line and a 23 kilometer (14 mile) Green Line.
The city state has a population of 2.5 million people, most of them expatriates, and received more than 14 million tourists last year.