Macau, China, 31 Dec – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been awarded the tender to build the Macau light railway, for 4.688 billion patacas, the Macau government said Thursday, giving assurances that the system would be operating within four years.
Competing in the international public tender to supply the system and rolling stock for the first phase of the Macau Light Railway, were two other consortia, which presented proposals for turnkey design and construction, but the region’s government noted that the winning proposal was “more economical.”
Mitsubishi’s proposal has a cost of 4.688 billion patacas (US$586 million), whilst the consortium between Canada’s Bombardier and the China Road and Bridge Corp had put forward a proposal of a lower value, 4.5 billion patacas.
The partnership between German group Siemens and Chinese state company China Civil Engineering Construction presented the most expensive project, costing 6.2 billion patacas.
The light railway train will have two carriages, without a driver, similarly to the systems used in Singapore, South Korea and in airports in the United States and Hong kong and will have an initial capacity of 7,800 passengers per hour in each direction, which could increase to 14,000 passengers.
The work on the light railway is due to begin in mid 2011 on Taipa island, where it will have 11 stations, and then on the Macau peninsula, where it will have 10 stations. (macauhub)