Delhi Metro signs MoU for Bahrain metro trains

Bahrain MetroDelhi Metro (DMRC) and BEML have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the first phase of Bahrain Metro project to which Delhi Metro entered pre-qualification tender process.

As a part of this MoU, the BEML will be responsible for manufacturing and supplying of rolling stock and the Delhi Metro will provide expertise in the fields of project development, financial planning and facilitating development of contractual obligations for the Bahrain Metro project.

The USD 2 billion first phase of the project covers the construction of two lines – Red and Blue lines – totalling 29 km served by 20 stations. Two interchange stations in Bahrain Financial Harbor and Central market and a depot in Isa Town will be constructed.

The first line will connect Bahrain International Airport to Seef District while the other line will connect Juffair to educational area in Isa Town going through Bahrain Financial harbor and central market stations on Jing Faisal Highway. The metro network for phase one will be connected to King Hamad International Passenger Station through the first phase A, which will be 8 km long using 4 stops.

The Red Line with 9 stations providing connection between the airport (7 km far from the Manama capital) crossing Seef Mall, Airport Avenue and King Faisal Highway, Avenues Mall and Bab Al Bahrain. The Blue Line will connect Juffair suburb and Isa Town in the north-central part of Bahrain crossing through Al Fateh Highway, Diplomatic area, Bab Al Bahrain, Al farooq Junction, Salmaniya, Zinj, Tubli and Salmabad, where a passenger terminal is situated which will ensure the connection to the GCC railway network.

The construction of the first phase is expected to be launched in 2024 and after its completion more than 43,000 passengers per hour will be transported alleviating road congestion and promoting the sustainable transport.

IDOM has been working with the Bahrain Ministry of Transport on designing Phase 1 of the Bahrain Metro which will be fully automated system. In March 2020 Egis has been appointed as the technical advisor of the project within a transaction advisory team formed with KPMG and DLA Piper.

In May 2022, Bahrain official tender website Tender Board unveiled the 11 international companies who were selected in the pre-qualification stage for the first phase of the metro project. The list includes China Harbour Engineering, Orascom Cosntruction, Alstom, Taqi Mohammed Albahrana Trading Est, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Larsen & Toubro, Virtue Global, Plenary Asia, CRRC Hong Kong, China Railway Group Limited, Alpha Energy Generations.

Bahrain Metro project includes the construction of 4 lines with a total length of 109 km to be developed in several stages and expected to become operational until 2055. Bahrain Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT) is also working on studying phase two of the project by linking the King Hamad International Passenger Station in Ramli area with the Sports City and Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre I n Sakhir area with a total length of 18 km including 5 stops.

The project is part of Bahrain’s 2030 strategic vision which includes the construction of a high-quality public transport system and identified the metro as the best option to deliver fast and efficient transport services. in 2018, the authorities have completed the detailed study for the first phase to be implemented in PPP method.

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