The consortium Skyrail Bahia, led by the Chinese company BYD Brasil (Build Your Dreams) and with participation of Metrogreen, has been awarded the public tender launched by the Urban Development Secretariat of the Brazilian state government of Bahia for the construction of a monorail in the city of Salvador, the state capital, reported the Brazilian press.
The “Light Rail Vehicle,” which will replace the suburban train, will cover a distance of 19.9 kilometres, have 22 stations and capacity to carry around 200,000 users per day. The winning proposal in the public-private partnership model will have an annual benefit of 153 million reais (US$41 million).
With a total planned investment of 1.5 billion reais (US$401 million), the new metropolitan train will link the Commerce region in Salvador to São João Island in the municipality of Simões Filho and will include electric mono-rail equipment.
Urban Development Secretary Demir Barbosa said that the next steps are the approval of the results of the tender and the signing of the public-private partnership contract, which is expected to occur in July. Work is expected to begin in October, about 90 days after the contract is signed.
BYD senior vice president Stella Li told Bloomberg that the company, listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges, is currently negotiating eight mono-rail construction contracts in the Americas and that two of them could be signed later this year. (macauhub)