Bahrain seeks PPP partner to build national metro network


Bahrain has launched a procurement process for the construction of the Bahrain Metro, a multi-billion-dollar project to develop a rail transport network across the kingdom through a public-private partnership (PPP).

The project will consist of developing a 109km urban rail transit network in a phased manner comprising of four transit lines. Phase one comprises two lines with an estimated length of 28.6 km and includes 20 stations and two interchanges. The two lines will connect key transit points including Bahrain International Airport, as well as major residential areas, commercial areas and school districts in Bahrain.

Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation & Telecommunications (MTT) hosted a ‘Global Market Virtual Sounding Forum’ to introduce the project to key players within the global construction industry. This will be followed later in the year by the project’s tendering via a global bidding process. MTT has appointed a team of financial, technical and legal advisors led by KPMG to act as lead transaction advisors.

“We have been working in full force on a complete transportation infrastructure improvement strategy covering land, air and sea, to both support and drive the kingdom’s economic development and serve our citizens, residents and visitors,” said Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed.

“Through the Bahrain Metro project, MTT aspires to apply the latest technology that is up to international standards. This marks an important milestone as it will improve the quality of life of citizens by providing a fast, comfortable, reliable and sustainable transportation system in the kingdom of Bahrain.”

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