Macau: French-Portuguese consortium to provide management services for first phase of Macau light railway

2 March 2009

Macau, China, 22 March – The Macau government has awarded the US$22 million (176,202,490 patacas) contract for provision of project management services and technical assistance for the implementation of the first phase of the territory’s light railway to a French-Portuguese consortium.

The announcement made Friday noted that the consortium made up of the Fase (Portugal), EGIS Rail (France), and Setec its (France) companies had 46 months to analyse and carry out the final assessment of the railway’s route and the stations in the current project for the first phase, in order to establish the final route, which will be 20 kilometres long.

The consortium will also support the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GTI) in preparing the tenders for the acquisition of rolling stock and construction contracts.

According to the GTI the consortium will also analyse the “management model, type of exploration, methods of attracting passengers, costs of the project and preparation of the tenders for the process of awarding the contracts for providing the system and rolling stock along with the design/construction of the light railway.”

The GTI said in a statement that it aimed, “firstly, to launch the tender process for the acquisition of the rolling stock in the second half of the current year.”

According to the same statement, in a subsequent phase the GTI will launch the tenders for some construction projects in stages and some of the work is also projected to begin in 2009.

The Macau government had previously announced that it would launch a public tender in 2008 for construction of a light railway at a total investment of US$520 million (4.2 billion patacas), the MacauNews news agency reported.

The light railway will have 23 statiosn between the border with China and the Pac On sea terminal, on Taipa Island.

The light railway which may be concluded by 2011, will run for 19 hours each day and capacity to transport 8,000 passengers per hour.

The government meanwhile is studying the construction of a further two lines to serve Porto Interior and another for Taipa Island. (macauhub)