Kuwait Metro Plans Restart
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The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has announced that it will begin to update its feasibility studies for the New US$7billion metro system, with bidding hoped to begin next year.
Fatima Al Kandari, KAAP project manager said at the Mena Rail and Metro Summit in Dubai:
We are planning to start the procurement in the first quarter of 2016.
She addd that the metro will be 160km long (track length) and service 68 stations, more than half of which will be underground. The project will take place over five phases. The first phase will build the Red Line, running from a purpose-built freight depot to Kuwait International Airport and into Kuwait City.
The four infrastructure packages will be bid on next year, combining deals for systems and rolling stock. The contractee for KAPP will be a management firm which will supervise construction, and act as the operator.
Procurement for a long-distance rail network will begin next year, stretching 574km from the south of the country to the north, and a line from east to west, connecting cities as well as industrial and shipping centres.