Two bids have been submitted for Cluj metro project, the second city to have such an underground transport system in Romania. RON 9 billion (EUR 1.84 billion) is the estimated value of the works.
The bidders are:
- The consortium of Gülermak Ağır Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt (Leader), Arcada, Gülermak Spółka z Ograniczoną Odpowiedzialnością and Alstom Transport.
There are 14 declared subcontractors and third parties including the National Museum of Transylvanian History, Sixense Solutions, EPC Environmental Consulting, Vertatel International, TIAB, Total Business Land, DP Cons, Aqua Prociv Proiect, Prota Mühendislik Proje ve Danışmanlık, Alstom Transport (France), Yuksel Proje, Logic IT Services Consult, and DANAVI.
- The consortium comprising Dogus Insaat ve Ticaret (Leader) Tekfen İnşaat ve Tesisat A.Ş. (Tekfen Construction & Installation Co., Inc.).
This consortium has also 14 declared subcontractors and third parties, including Kontrolmatik Teknoloji Enerji ve Mühendislik Anonim Şirketi, Sixense Solutions, Prospect Technical Studies, Siemens Mobility, Prelchim, YDA Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret, the National Museum of Transylvanian History, Arhimar Serv, Teknik Mühendislik ve Müşavirlik, Tekfen Mühendislik Anonim Şirketi, Pirotehnic OSB, Vertatel International, Like Consulting and Octagon Fundatii Speciale.
The tender has been initially launched in March but was put on hold due to financial indicators. The city mayor Emil Boc mentioned that the municipality received letters from companies saying that due to the increased prices they are not able to participate.
In May 2020 the consortium of SWS Engineering – Systra – Metrans Engineering won the contract for feasibility studies and environmental impact and strategic evaluation services.
The Cluj metro project covers the construction of a west – east connection between Gilău, Florești Sud, Mănăștur, and Mărăști via city centre. The line is part of a metropolitan train development project linking 6 towns covering 21 km and 19 underground stations with a surface depot. RON 10.1 billion (EUR 2 billion) is the value of the entire project which is co-financed by the European Union, through the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme, funding from the Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the municipality of Cluj Napoca and Floreşti Commune.
In November 2021, Cluj-Napoca City Council has approved the feasibility study covering the technical documentation and technical and economic indicators for the first phase of the project covering a metro line on the Florești – Piața Unirii – Piața Mărăști – Muncii / Europa Unită route, towards the Sopor depot. The project is expected to take more than 8 years to be completed.
In October, the Romanian Ministry of Transport has proposed the technical-economic indicators following the update of prices for both Cluj metropolitan train and metro project, including their connection. RON 13.7 billion (EUR 2.8 billion) is the value of the entire new transport system covering the project “Metropolitan train Gilău – Florești – Cluj-Napoca – Baciu – Apahida – Jucu – Bonțida route – Phase I of Cluj fast rail transport system: Metro Line 1 and metropolitan train, including the connection between them. Component I. Metro Line 1 Cluj”.
The system to be constructed in Cluj-Napoca city and Florești town situated in the western part of Cluj-Napoca comprises the Western, Centre and Eastern sections this last one involving two branches.
The metro system will be operated by 51 metre-long three-car trainsets with a maximum capacity of 540 seats. The fully automated metro line is designed to operate at Grade of Automation Level 4 (GoA 4) and is expected to transport 21,6000 passengers per hour per direction. The 40 trainsets will operate at 90 second headways.