• Deadline for prequalification documents moved to 15 June
  • The 15-kilometre Route 20202 railway line will connect to the Expo 2020 site
  • Leading European, Far Eastern and local firms are forming consortiums

Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has extended the closing date for the submission of prequalification documents for the design-and-build of the new metro link connecting to the Dubai Expo 2020 site.

The new deadline is 15 June, about two weeks later than the original 31 May closing date.

The transport agency said at a briefing on 7 May that it will evaluate documents during June and a shortlist of prequalified bidders will be announced on 30 June. The contract will then be tendered on 2 July, with a closing date of 6 December. An award is planned for 28 January 2016.

MEED reported in January that the contract would be tendered in July after expressions of interest (EoIs) are sought from contractors. Suppliers and contractors have already been in contact with the RTA and tt is understood that more than 100 companies attended the 7 May briefing.

The firms that have been invited to prequalify include systems, rolling stock and construction companies, which will be expected to form multi-discipline consortiums.

Civil construction and systems integration will be the most important factors when the RTA evaluates the capabilities of consortiums, with each accounting for 25 out of the total 100 points on offer. Rolling stock will account for 20 points, and system supply and financing capabilities will account for 15 points each. Major European, Far Eastern and local firms are forming consortiums for the design-and-build contract.

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.

About 11km of the line will be elevated, with five elevated stations and two underground stations.

According to the RTA, the work involves:

  • Civil works including detailed design, architecture, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works, together with earthworks, viaducts, bored tunnel, and stations
  • Railway systems
  • Rolling stock supply

In July 2014, the RTA awarded a joint venture of the US’ Parsons International and France’s Systra the contract to complete the preliminary engineering for the new metro line. Work on the study began in August.

The RTA is also planning other extensions to the metro network. They include a link connecting to the Dubai Parks & Resorts development in the Jebel Ali area close to the Abu Dhabi border; an extension of the existing Green Line, which will be 20.6km-long with 11 new stations running from Jadaf to Dubai International Academic City (DIAC); and a Red Line extension that will be 3.5km-long and will run from Rashidiya to Mirdif City Centre. 

The Parsons/Systra team is the consultant for both the Red and Green line extensions. In 2014, these schemes were due to be completed in time for the World Expo in 2020, although it is now expected that the target completion dates may be moved as the RTA focuses on Route 2020.

It is understood that discussions have been held by the transport agency and Dubai Parks & Resorts for the theme park rail link.

Another line still in the very early planning stages will run from Al-Ghubaiba station in the Bur Dubai area, through the Satwa area, connect to the existing Red Line at the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station and continue on to Nad al-Sheba and the Meydan area. A major transport hub will be located at the Meydan area that will include the Dubai station on the Etihad Railway network.

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