The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) says it has qualified to bid as the main consultant for the first phase of Bahrain’s forthcoming metro project.
If it wins the tender, it will provide project development, budgeting, and contract management services.
DMRC also said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with BEML, a state-owned equipment maker, to supply rolling stock.
Last October, DMRC managing director Vikas Kumar told Indian newspaper The Economic Times that he was confident his company would win the contract because it was “way more competitive in pricing” than rival firms.
Some 11 companies have tendered for the contract to build and run the $2bn metro, which is being procured under a public–private partnership model.
Those in the running are:
- Alstom from France
- Aradous Energy and Taqi Mohammed Albaharana Trading from Bahrain
- China Harbour Engineering, China Railway Group and train maker CRRC
- Hyundai Engineering from Korea
- Larsen and Toubro from India
- Orascom from Egypt
- Plenary Asia from Singapore
- Virtue Global Holding from the UK
The successful bidder will finance, design, build, maintain and transfer the project at the end of a 35-year franchise period.
The metro will have around 110km of track, 20 stations and a fleet of autonomous trains.
The first line will connect Bahrain International Airport to the Seef District, and the second will link Juffair to the educational area in Isa Town.
Delhi’s Metro consists of 12 lines serving 286 stations and is the largest and busiest metro rail system in India.