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Israel : Committee to hold final hearing on Tel Aviv area light rail Red Line tender
Publish Date : 11-Jan-2017

After several meetings recently, the NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. tenders committee has announced it will hold a final hearing on January 16 regarding the Tel Aviv area light rail Red Line tender.

After the hearing, the tender can be irrevocably scrapped.

NTA has issued a summon to the Alstom-Minrav Holdings Ltd. group, while the TAT consortium, which includes a group of French companies and Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd., has fully withdrawn from the tender.

PB, which serves as adviser to NTA, estimated the tender at NIS 2.4 billion, an evaluation confirmed by Aegis, the company overlooking the project on behalf of the Ministry of Finance Accountant General Department.

Alstom's actual bid amounted to NIS 4.3 billion, while the TAT group's bid was almost NIS 6 billion, thereby removing it from consideration in the tender at this stage.

NTA may divide the project into several sections, if the tender is indeed called off. The most expected scenario is one tender for work on the tracks and physical infrastructure, and another for the signals system, which is the actual operating system for the train: electrification, ticketing, information, other electronic systems.

NTA is seriously planning to invite Chinese systems companies to take part in the tender, provided that the Chinese companies have partnersips with leading companies in the industry, like Alstom, Bombardier, and Hitachi.

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