Mitsubishi-led consortium is tipped to win Green Line

Announcement on contractor for Dubai Metro’s Green Line is likely to be made within the next month

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By  Angela Published  July 15, 2006

The Mitsubishi-led Dubai Rapid Link (DRL) consortium is tipped to win the contract for the construction of Dubai Metro’s Green Line. The value of the contract, currently estimated at US $1.1 billion (AED4.3 billion), could jump to $1.4 billion, if the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) gives the go-ahead for the line to be extended to Al Qusais. The consortium, including Japanese firms Obayashi and Kajima and Turkish contractor Yapi Merkezi, is currently building the Red Line. Although both rail tracks were originally tendered as one package, the RTA later decided to consider the contract for the Green Line based on the consortium’s work on the 52km Red Line. “It was decided that the official award for the Green Line contract would be subject to further discussion, and that’s what we’re doing at the moment,” said Bassam Mansour, assistant director, Dubai Metro project. “There has been initial evaluation and positive discussion with the DRL consortium, but no definitive answer has been given. It is the incumbent contractor on the Red Line, and now has a lot of involvement in the Green Line, and so for consistency we are discussing the possibility of this contract with it.” Mansour added that a decision is likely to be made within the next month. “The work has got to start in earnest. Since we are dealing with the central business district in the inner city area, we will need to plan utility and traffic diversion well in advance.” The RTA gave its final approval for the Blue Line to be added to the metro system in June. At 47km long, it will provide a shuttle service between Dubai International Airport and the new airport at Jebel Ali. It will also be connected with the Red Line at Rashidiya and with the Green Line in Al Nahda. A contractor is likely to be appointed by the end of the year. “The Blue Line is still in the conceptual stage. We still need to appoint a consultant and a competitive tender its construction will be put out over the next few months,” said Mansour. An estimated 9,000 workers are currently working on Dubai Metro at various locations in the emirate.

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