Metro One gathers force for final push

Final bid for civil construction works to be submitted by 31st January 2005

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 13, 2004

One of the six shortlisted consortia for the Dubai Light Rail project has restructured itself to be better placed in the final approach to the submission of the bid for the world’s largest railway project. The shortlisted consortia submitted the final bids for the rolling stock and part of the MEP works by the beginning of this month. The final bid for the civil works content of the contract has to be submitted by 31st January. The Bombardier (Canada) and Odebrecht (Brazilian) combine is well placed in terms of specialisation in railway systems. It has added specialist civil construction capabilities and has restructured and renamed itself as ‘Metro One’. Four new partners that have joined the original combine of Bombardier and Odebrecht include local construction giant Arabtec, America-headquartered Parsons, Turkey’s Guris and Italy’s Ghella. They bring specialist skills in various aspects of the Dubai Light Rail project, which apart from the traditional works, will require sections of tunnels, especially in the busy and crowded downtown areas. Some 30% of the project will be underground. Arabtec brings local knowledge to the partnership. It is a well known powerhouse on the Dubai construction scene. It was recently launched as a public company and among its major contracts is the biggest portion of the world’s largest single-phase residential and commercial project, the Jumeirah Beach Residence. Another new partner is Italy’s Ghella Group. It is acknowledged as a specialist in underground construction with a worldwide history in the sector stretching back more than 100 years. By the end of last year, its total assets stood at Euro179 million. Parsons is also not new to the region, having been mostly involved in infrastructure development projects. It is one of the world’s leading engineering companies, with particular expertise in the transportation sector. The fourth new partner is Guris Construction & Engineering Company, a leader in the Turkish construction market. It has 15 affiliates and a staff base of 5000. It is present in almost every sector of the construction industry in Turkey. The two original partners, Bombardier and Odebrecht are global leaders in their respective sectors. Bombardier leads in the transportation business with a history in the provision of fully automated mass transit systems and vehicles for the world’s leading metro authorities, while Odebrecht is one of the world’s leading construction companies, with a track record of providing a broad range of infrastructure projects, with particular strength in mass transit. The consortia that have been approved for the Dhs14.3 billion Dubai Light Rail project include global majors: Belfinger Berger (Germany), Taisei (Japan), Besix (UAE) and Alstom (France); Vinci (France), Hochtief (Germany), CCIC (UAE) and Ansaldo (Italy); Obayashi (Japan), Yapi Merkesi (Turkey) and Mitsubishi (Japan); Metro One; and Saudi bin Ladin Group (Saudi Arabia) and Diwidag and Siemens of Germany.

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