Russian, Chinese groups aim to form global metro builder

Russian multidisciplinary consultant Mosinzhproekt is planning to set up a joint venture with China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) to build metro systems around the world.

The announcement was made by Marat Khusnullin, Moscow’s deputy mayor for construction and urban planning. He said the joint venture could begin offering its services after 2022, when Mosinzhproekt would have completed its work on the "Big Ring" expansion of Moscow’s metro.

Khusnullin said several agreements had already been sealed with Chinese partners, including a joint project on transfer hubs and the exchange of IT systems. He added: "The experience and competencies accumulated by Moscow and Chinese metro builders allow us to be competitive in this market."

Mosinzhproekt, which began life in 1958 as a design institute specialising in transport infrastructure, was responsible for building 79 stations on Moscow’s celebrated metro.

In August 2017, CRCC began work on a 4.6km of track and three stations on the Big Ring. In February Mosinzhproekt appointed CRCC to carry out tunnelling work on a double-track tunnel on the project.

Russia Today reports that the CRCC may also invest around $1bn in the construction of the first stage of a project to build a business district at the Kommunarka Shooting Ground in southwest Moscow – which acquired its name after being used as a mass execution site by the NKVD.

CRCC, presently ranked third in the Engineering News-Record’s global contractor league table, has built much of the transportation infrastructure in China including high-speed rail, subways, and expressways. It has built metro and light-rail systems in Honduras, Belize, Laos, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.

Image: In February, CRCC was awarded a tunnelling project on the Moscow Metro (Mosinzhproekt)

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