The first phase comprises two lines running 29-km long covering 20 stations.

Evaluation of the prequalification bids submitted by top infrastructure majors for the Bahrain Metro Phase One project was due to be concluded by the end of last month, according to a report that quoted the kingdom’s Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Mohammed Al Kaabi.

“The Bahrain Metro is being implemented in four phases with the first one comprising two lines running 29-km long covering 20 stations. Currently a technical team is studying the bids for Phase One which is set to conclude by the month-end,” Al Kaabi told Akhbar Al Khaleej, our sister publication.

It represents the first phase of the Bahrain government’s ambitious plans of developing a 109-km rail-based urban transit network (metro) that consists of an elevated corridor with two lines and two interchanges. A total of 11 leading global infrastructure majors – including French sustainable mobility expert Alstom, Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Indian construction conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T) are in the race for Phase One of the Bahrain Metro system.

The others vying for the contract include Chinese heavyweights Harbour Engineering and China Railway Group, Plenary Asia (Singapore); Virtue Global Holding (UK) and CRRC (Hong Kong) Company in addition to regional heavyweight Orascom Construction (Egypt).

Two of Bahrain’s leading utility majors – Aradous Energy Generation Company and Taqi Mohammed Albaharana Trading Establishment – are also in the fray.

The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication (MTT) is looking to procure the estimated $2 billion project as an integrated public private partnership (PPP) through a two-stage process comprising a prequalification followed by the main tender process.