Jeddah seeks rail and tram contractors

20 July 2015

Consortiums between local and international firms to be formed to meet prequalification criteria

  • Prequalification process to be completed by 17 September
  • Light rail transit to feature 38kilometres of double track, 43 stations and 65 trains
  • Tramway to comprise 16km of double track, 15 stations and 11 trains

Metro Jeddah Company is set to prequalify contractors for the civil works, systems and procurement of rolling stock for the tramway and light rail transit (LRT) components of the $12bn Jeddah Public Transport Programme (JPTP).

Work is for the entire construction package, including civil works, track works, power, railway systems, rolling stock, fit-outs, stations, depots and all ancillary works required for a fully functional LRT and tramway network.

Contractors intending to prequalify are required to submit their expressions of interest (EOIs) and signed Anti-Corruption and Confidentiality Undertaking (ACCU) to the Metro Jeddah office on 31 August. This will be followed by the submission of the prequalification questionnaire once interested contractors receive a confirmation response from the client. The closing date for the submission of the prequalification document is 17 September.

The LRT and tramway systems aim to provide public transportation along the Sari, Tahlia and Palestine streets as well as the Jeddah Corniche. The LRT scheme will feature 29 kilometres of at-grade and 9km of elevated double track featuring 43 stations with three depots for about 65 trains. According to the current plan, the LRT route begins on the south of Jeddah near the Global Roundabout along the Corniche and will end near Tahlia Street.

The tramway will cover the Jeddah Corniche and will comprise 16km of at-grade double track with 15 stations and a single depot for about 11 trains.

Prequalification criteria include technical capability, financial strength and experience of working in Jeddah and in Saudi Arabia.

Consortiums comprising international and local contractors along with systems and rolling stock manufacturers are expected to be formed to respond to the EOI and cover all the prequalification criteria set out by the client.

Earlier this year, the UK’s Foster+Partners was awarded an $80m contract to establish a city-wide transportation planning contract for Jeddah that integrates different modes of transportation, including metro, ferry and bus. Metro Jeddah Company has also begun prequalifiying project management consultants for the transport masterplan in June.

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