Cairo metro bidders line up

24 March 2006
Bids for a further two packages have been received by the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) on the estimated $1,000 million first phase of line 3 on the Cairo metro project (MEED 17:3:06). The latest round of submission of technical and commercial proposals took place on 21 March, with a total of six companies bidding for packages 3 and 4, covering signalling and track laying. Technical evaluation has started, with commercial offers to be opened on 21 May.

Two technical offers were submitted on 14 March for construction package 1, covering civil works. For package 2, involving electrical installations, a total of five international contractors submitted bids. Commercial proposals on both packages will be opened in mid-May.

Tender documents for package 5 - rolling stock - have now been issued, with bids due on 1 June.

France's Systra is the frontrunner for the contract to carry out consultancy services on the first phase of line 3 following the opening of commercial bids on 13 March.

The 33-kilometre line 3 will link the western districts of Cairo with the international airport. The project will be carried out in four phases. Bidders are expected to bring project funding to the scheme.

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