The Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR) is inviting companies to submit bids by 1 January 2011 for the construction of a railway line.

The 200-kilometre railway line will be built in the Hormozgan region, which is in the south of Iran on the Gulf coast. It will run between Tazraj station and Ensheab station.

The project also includes supplying all of the superstructure and substructure materials and the maintenance of the track for a two-year period.

In a separate deal, the IRIR is also seeking companies to submit bids by 1 January for the reconstruction of a railway line in Lorestan region. This will require 60km of track to be upgraded and will also involve maintaining the track for two years.

Iran is currently planning a number of projects that will upgrade the country’s railway network. In September, a Chinese company won a $2bn deal to build a railway line that will link Tehran with the Iraqi border (MEED 9:9:10). The line will be 579km long and will run through the towns of Arak, Hamedan and Kermanshah before ending at the border town of Khosravi.

The line will benefit the thousands of pilgrims who travel from Iran to the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala. Iran is also building a 51km railway that will link Khorramshahr in the southwest of the country to Basra in southern Iraq.