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Kuwait City Metro procurement to begin in early 2016

According to Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects, new advisers have been appointed for the planned Kuwait City Metro and procurement will begin in first quarter of 2016.

Plans for the Metro were first announced in 2006. Expressions of interest were invited in 2012, but, the project was put on hold subsequently.

The network, which stretches 68 stations, will be built in five phases. The first would be the Red Line running from the GCC rail freight terminal to Kuwait City Centre through Kuwait International Airport.

Out of the total network, 60 percent would be underground, and would cost about $7bn for construction. The work would be split into four infrastructure packages, a systems and rolling stock contract, all of which would be PPPs.

Procurement for national heavy rail network is largely due to begin during first quarter of 2016. The $10bn, 574 kms network would comprise of a north-south line and east-west line. The first phase is a north-south route from An Nuwaisib on the Saudi border to the freight depot, with a branch to the passenger station at Kuwait City. The interchange would be provided with metro Red Line. The north-south line would subsequently be extended to Iraqi border.

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