Bids for the $250 million first stage of the Bursa metro have been submitted by five ventures to Bursa municipality, contracting sources say. The project was first tendered in 1994, but was subsequently shelved due to austerity cuts following an economic crisis that year (MEED 26:7:96).

Technical specifications in the bids will be screened before price envelopes are opened. The five international bidders and their local partners are:

Sweden’s Adtranz with Yapi Merkezi

Canada’s SNC Lavalin International, Bombardier and UTDC System with Gama

France’s Cegelec with Akfen

the Anglo/French GEC Alsthom with Sezai Turkes-Feyzi Akkaa

Germany’s Siemens and Italy’s Ansaldo Trasporti with locals Simko, Guris and Tuvasas.

In 1994, a consortium of Ansaldo Trasporti and Breda Costruzione, France’s Sofretu and the local Guris was low bidder with $252.99 million.

Bidders have been asked for 100 per cent credit funding offers. The municipality hopes to award a contract by the end of 1996 for a construction start in 1997. Completion will take about 900 days.

The municipality has now extended the length of the first stage to about 20 kilometres from 12.5 kilometres. It will run between the city’s organised industrial zone and Kestel district, passing through the Mudanya street junction, Fomura, Hasim Iscan street, Tayyareci Ali Bey Street, and Gursu.

The contract will cover construction, manufacturing and erection works including operation and maintenance facilities, as well as the supply and manufacturing of cars and locomotives. Once the first stage is commissioned, about 36 trains will carry about 15,000 passengers an hour.