Tue 01-03-2005 03:24 AM
Dubai Municipality opens tenders for the first phase of Metro project
Dubai Municipality opens tenders for the first phase of Metro project Dubai, 28 Feb 05 (WAM) -- Dubai Municipality today opened the base offers for the first phase of its much-awaited Dubai Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in full view of representatives of the four international consortiums vying for the coveted project, members of the Dubai LRT Higher Committee and a large number of media persons.
Dubai Rapid Link, a consortium of three Japanese companies, Mitsubishi, Obayashi and Kajima and the Turkish, Yapi Merkesi, quoted the cheapest rates for carrying out the civil and electro-mechanical works of the first phase as Dhs6.285 billion, according to a press statement.
Dubai Star Consortium, which includes Alstom (France), Belinger Berger (Germany), Belfinger Berger(Germany) Taisei (Japan) Besix (Belgium) with Orascom(Egypt) and Al Habtoor (UAE), quoted Dhs8.854 billion, while Salsabeel, consisting of Siemens (Germany) Saudi Bin Ladin Group (Saudi Arabia), Diwidag (Germany) and Citic Group (China) quoted Dhs8.922 billion and Metro One, which consists of Bombardier (Canada), Odebrecht (Brazil), Arabtec Construction LLC (UAE), and Parsons Transportation Group (USA) quoted Dhs10 billion.
Announcing the figures, Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality and Chairman of the Higher Committee of the Dubai LRT, said: ?These are preliminary offers and a technical team comprising members of the project consultant, Systra, and the LRT committee, will evaluate the offers technically, financially and contractually before announcing final winners of the project in a few weeks? time.? He noted that this was an important day in the history of Dubai as the civic body began formal procedures for awarding this important project to the winning consortium. ?As per the directives of their highnesses the rulers, we are going ahead with this most significant project in the history of the country as scheduled. We hope that all formalities would be completed in a few weeks? time and we can announce the winners very soon,? he said.
Sultan noted that opening the tenders in public was done in order to show that the project is being undertaken in full transparency.
?We want representatives of each consortium as well as media persons to be present in this event so as to show that the deal is being done transparently,? he said.
He noted that at present all options are open including the ways to fund the project. ?Once the offers are evaluated and the winning consortium has been selected, we will divulge much more details of the financial aspects of the project,? he said.
Also present were Sharafudeen Huseein and Hussein Nasser Lootah, members of the LRT higher committee, Nasser Ahmed Saeed, General Coordinator, LRT, several members of the project?s technical committee and senior officials of the municipality.
The first phase of Dubai LRT project, which would cover 35 kilometers from Rashidiya to the American University in Dubai (AUD), is expected to be completed by May 2009. The 32-km Second Phase from AUD to Jebel Ali would be over by May 2012. It will have two lines with the 51-km Red Line taking 66 minutes at a speed of 46 km per hour while the 16-km Green Line taking 29 minutes at a speed of 33 km per hour.
The trains will carry as many as 23,000 passengers per hour per direction with a possible expansion to 27,500 passengers in future.
By 2010, some 760,000 passengers are expected to use the train daily which will grow to 1.95 million passengers by 2020.
The Metro Transit System: The Dubai Metro System will be built around top-of-the-class modern trains, fully air-conditioned and customised to meet Dubai specific requirements.
Each train will be approximately 75m long, consisting of 5 cars, with numerous double doors allowing fast and smooth flows of passengers in station.
The trains will offer a standard class, affordable to all, a women and children only section as well as an exclusive 1st Class section. All sections will have a high proportion of seats, and be equipped with a state-of-the-art Passenger Information System.
The trains will be driverless, fully automated, offering an extremely safe and reliable service with trains which could run as often as one every minute and a half, with extensive window panels providing stunning views from the elevated sections over the cityscape.
The trains will be fast and will run on tracks, while the electrical traction system is environmentally friendly, in terms of noise and with no gas emissions. No visually intrusive overhead contact lines will be needed, thanks to the ?3rd rail? collection system. The trains will use steel wheels or tyres (to be defined later) running on a special double track for full guidance and support.
All station will be equipped with Platform Screen Doors, ensuring optimal safety for passengers and allowing to fully air-condition all stations, whether elevated or underground.
The Metro Network: The Dubai Metro Network will comprise two lines: The Red Line will initially (Initial Operation Segment) run from Salahuddin Rd (close to Al Ghurair Centre) to the American University of Dubai through Burjuman and Sheikh Zayed Rd, and will progressively be extended to Jebel Ali Port in the south and the intersection of Al Nahda and Damascus roads through Al Qiyadah intersection in the north, The Green Line will initially (Initial Operation Segment) run from Al Ittihad Square (close to the Municipality) to Rashidiya bus station through Deira City Centre and the Airport Terminals 1 and 3, and will progressively be extended to serve the Deira and Bur Dubai central areas and Souks up to Burjuman and Wafi shopping centres.
The two lines will total nearly 70 km, with 35 stations along the 50-km long Red Line, and 22 along the 20-km long Green Line. The two transfer stations at Al Ittihad Square and Burjuman are common to both lines.
A possible extension of the Green Line from Wafi to the projected Festival City development is under study.
The two lines will run underground in the city centre: Red Line from the intersection of Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed roads to just before the intersection of Salahuddin and Abu Bakr Al Siddique roads, Green Line from Garhoud to Oud Metha Rd.
The two lines will run elevated on a specially designed viaduct everywhere else. The viaduct design and aesthetics is being developed specifically to actually enhance the urban architecture along its corridor. In no location will the tracks cross the public highway, ensuring fully safe mode segregation.
The 3D renderings developed during Preliminary Engineering give a first idea of how the Metro System will fit nicely within Dubai urban setting.
However, the train, as represented, does not reflect how it will look as the manufacturer has not yet been selected.
In total, the Metro System will include 55 stations, 18 km of tunnels, 51 km of viaduct, one major train depot and maintenance facilities site and several auxiliary stabling facilities. The total fleet size will be slightly in excess of 100 trains.
An Integrated Public Transit Network: The Metro network will be fully integrated within the overall Public Transit network operated by the Dubai Municipality Public Transport Department.
Bus routes and stops will be organised around the backbone provided by the rail system, extending its reach into all communities in Dubai. Taxi stations and Park & Ride facilities will be included in key Metro stations to further enhance the central role of the Metro System.
Fare policies and collection systems will be common to the bus and rail networks, allowing seamless travel across the Dubai Public Transit network.
Fare levels will be kept accessible to all users. The use of the recently introduced ?e-go? smart card will be generalised.
The Dubai Metro will be the most advanced urban rail system and its perfect and well planned integration in the city will contribute to the unique image of the Emirate in the world. It constitutes a major step forward its future development. The Dubai Public Transit network will become the backbone for the touristic, financial and economic growth.
Costs & Revenues: Investment costs for the full Dubai Metro System are assessed at a grand total of about 14.3 billion AED, including civil works, stations, system fixed equipment, trains, engineering and financing.
The operating cost should be approximately 570 million AED per year, including staff, maintenance, and power consumption. This operating cost is planned to be easily met through fare box revenue and additional revenues derived from advertisement space, joint development or other sources which may be assigned by the Dubai Municipality.
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