Dubais Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded the contract to design and build the AED10.6bn ($2.9bn) Route 2020 metro link connecting to the Expo site to the consortium of Spains Acciona, Turkeys Gulermak, and Frances Alstom.
The scheme, known as Route 2020, involves building a 15-kilometre-long line branching off the existing Red Line at the Nakheel Harbour & Tower station, between the Ibn Battuta Mall and Jumeirah Lake Towers stations. The line will also connect to Al-Maktoum International airport. About 11km of the line will be elevated, with five elevated stations and two underground stations.
The winning consortium was competing against one other shortlisted bidder, a consortium of Japans Obayashi, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC; Athens-based) and Japans Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. A series of updated offers were submitted in May and June.
The five bidding consortiums were:
- Nurol / Astaldi / Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles
- Mapa Gunal (Turkey) / China Railway Group (China) / CSR Corporation (China)
- Orascom (Egypt) / Yapi Merkezi (Turkey) / GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea) /Siemens (Germany)
- Acciona / Gulermak / Alstom
- Obayashi / CCC / Mitsubishi
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