7 firms bid for feasibility study of extension of Bahrain Metro Phase 1 corridor

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Bahrain (Urban Transport News): The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Bahrain has received a total of 7 (seven) bids to conduct a feasibility study for the expansion of the Phase 1 corridor of the Bahrain Metro Rail Project.

The seven firms that have submitted their bids are IDOM Consulting Engineering Architecture SAU Foreign Branch Co., AECOM Middle East Limited Foreign Branches Company, Consolidated Engineering Company Khateeb & Alami Foreign Branch Company, Rina Consulting S.p.A. – Abu Dhabi, Sener Ingeneria y Sistemas SA, IDOM Consulting Engineering Architecture SAU Foreign Branch Company and Dar Al Handash Consultants.

According to sources, the bids are between BHD 165,528,000 and BHD 598,5000000. Rina Consulting SPA – Abu Dhabi emerged as the lowest bidder. However, the Tender Board is saying that the lowest bidder need not win the contract as winning the contract depends on meeting the technical criteria and other requirements, after which price will become the key criteria.

Tenders were invited to conduct a feasibility study of extending the Bahrain Metro Phase 1 corridor from King Hamad Railway Station in Al Ramli to the new Sports City and International Exhibition Center in Sakhir. The scope of the contract includes evaluation of alternative corridors, demand studies and station allocation, concept and preliminary design of the corridor and cost estimation of the project.

The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications said:

We are looking forward to appoint a technical consultant to study the feasibility of the route for completion in the first phase. The study will evaluate the possibilities of a separate alternative corridor, economic benefits of the project, station allocation, corridor concept and initial design and cost estimation of the project.

The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT) has selected a team for the initial stages of the project, consisting of KPMG as principal and financial advisor, Aegis Rail, France as technical advisor and DLA Piper as legal advisor. In March 2021, MTT organized a virtual market forum called “Bahrain Metro Market Consultation”, showcasing the project to regional and international investors.

During the virtual forum, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, said:

Through the Bahrain Metro project, MTT aspires to implement the latest technology up to international standards. This is an important milestone as it will improve the quality of life of citizens in the Kingdom of Bahrain by providing a fast, comfortable, reliable and sustainable transport system.

The Bahrain Metro project will involve developing an extensive rail-based urban transit network of 109 km in a phased manner that will include four transit lines.

Phase 1 consists of two lines with an estimated length of 28.6 km and includes 20 stations with two interchanges. The two lines are intended to connect major transit points including Bahrain International Airport as well as major residential areas, commercial areas and school districts.

The project is part of the state’s Public Transport Masterplan 2030, which recommends the development of an 184 km urban transit network consisting of six lines.

The project will be implemented in four phases. In the first phase, two 30 km long lines covering 20 stations will be constructed. The Red Line will connect Bahrain International Airport with the suburban Seif District via the Bahrain Financial Port, serving nine stations.

The Blue Line will start from the suburb of Jafair and pass through the diplomatic area before terminating at Isa Town, serving 11 stations.

Bahrain Metro Rail Project is expected to cost between US$1 and US$2 billion. The project is the latest in a series of large-scale projects in Bahrain worth $32bn in the transport, industrial, hospitality and retail sectors through public and private investment.

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