Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority received bids on 18 May for the construction of two interchanges serving the Dubai Expo 2020 site.

The lowest bidder for each interchange as well as the combined price for both contracts is India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

For Contract 1 L&T submitted an offer of AED754m ($205m), which is about 31 per cent lower than the offer of AED1.091bn submitted by the local Al-Naboodah Contracting.

The other bidders are the local Wade Adams at AED1.139bn, Turkey’s Gunal Mapa at AED1.15bn, the local Dutco Balfour Beatty (DBB) at AED1.183bn, and Beijing-based China State Construction Engineering Corporation at AED1.417bn.

For the smaller package, known as Contract 5, L&T submitted the lowest offer with a price of AED299m, which is about 31 per cent lower that the price of AED431m submitted by Al-Naboodah.

The other bidders are DBB at AED446m, Wade Adams at AED478m, Gunal Mapa at AED492m, and China State at AED646m.

For the two interchanges combined, L&T submitted an offer of AED1.028bn, which is about 32 per cent lower than the combined offer of AED1.51bn submitted by Al-Naboodah. The other offers were AED1.606bn from Wade Adams, AED1.608bn from Gunal Mapa, AED1.61bn from DBB, and AED2.04bn from China State.

Two other interchanges for the Expo are out to tender. The closing date is 6 June.

The Expo site, which is opposite Dubai Investments Park on the Jebel Ali to Lehbab Road, will also be served by the Route 2020 metro line.

The RTA signed a AED10.6bn ($2.9bn) contract to design and build the rail link to a consortium of Spain’s Acciona, Turkey’s Gulermak and France’s Alstom in October last year.

For the Expo site itself, Dubai says it will award 47 construction contracts worth AED11bn ($3bn) in 2017. In March the local/UK Al-Futtaim Carillion will be the main contractor for the AED2.2bn ($599m) deal to build the three Theme Districts.