Metropolitan EAD – Sofia Metro Development – Bulgaria - Project Profile
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Metropolitan EAD, an organization owned by the Sofia Municipality, is undertaking the construction of a metro network in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The project involves the construction of a 65km metro network with 63 stations. The project is planned to be executed as three lines.
LINE I (Red Line): Initially the line had 6.5km section rail track, comprising five stations connecting Slivnitsa Boulevard through Lyulin and K. Velichkov Boulevard. It was inaugurated on January 28, 1998.
There was extension measuring the line to 8.1km and included Opalchenska station, which entered into service September 17, 1999, and Serdika station situated on St Nedelya Square October 31, 2000.
The operational section of the line was further expanded with a 1.8km section extending to Obelya housing estate in April 2003.
In 2005, the line further involved expansion with 4.8km tunnels and three stations connecting St Nedelya Square and the Intrepid World Trade Center in Izgrev.
In 2006, further expansion another section of the same line consisting of 3.2km of tunnels and three stations connecting Izgrev and Mladost I housing estate.
The completion of the first three stations was projected for 2007, however as a result of various delays it was the second section from the first line from Vasil Levski stadium to Mladost 1 that first entered into service on May 8, 2009, operating for a brief period of time separately from the north-west portion of the line.
The remaining section between Serdika and Vasil Levski stadium station finally entered into service on September 7, 2009, establishing an interrupted link between Obelya and Mladost 1 stations.
Metro Mladost, a consortium of firms featuring two subsidiaries of Trace Holding was appointed as the contract for the section.
In February 2011, the project secured funds from the EU operational program Transport in the amount of US$175 million for the construction of the second subway line, from the Obelya district to the Nadezhda junction and the extension of the first line from the Mladost 1 district to the Mladost 3 district and to Tsarigradsko Shose Boulevard.
The Line I will be further branched in two: Northern branch and Southern Branch.
Northern Branch: The line extends from Mladost I to Sofia Airport, a 7.2km rail track with six stations. The construction work on the first two stations of the Northern branch commenced on February 15, 2009, and was completed on April 25, 2012.
Excluding the two completed stations, two stations which are being constructed are underground and two are over the ground with 4.968km rail track completed in April 2015.
The contract for the execution of railway track with four stations was divided into three lots.
Lot 1: The section "Tsarigradsko Shosse" extends 1.046km underground in length and includes an underground subway station.
Lot 2: The section "Poruchik Nedelcho Bonchev" extends 1.825km underground in length and includes an underground metro station.
On August 24, 2012, the contract for the above two lots was awarded to Stanilov-Metroproekt. The scope of the contract includes the construction, architectural, track and contact rail, electro-mechanical part, including delivery and installation of technological equipment, transportation equipment, dispatching management and low voltage systems to full completion of the section and commissioning.
Lot 3: The section includes 2.097km rail track and includes two underground stations. On October 8, 2012, the contract for Lot 3 was awarded to Metro Sifer.
The scope of the contract includes services for construction, architectural, track and contact rail, electro-mechanical part, including supply and installation of technological equipment, transport equipment, dispatching management and low voltage systems to full completion of the section and commissioning.
Southern Branch: The line extends from Mladost I to Business Park Sofia, a 2.62km, with three underground stations. The construction of the line started on April 25, 2013, and is scheduled to complete in 2015. The line will provide service to the majority of the second most densely populated area in Sofia.
In February 2013, Metro Youth Build was appointed as the contractor for the design and implementation of a section.
The contract is dived into two lots namely:
Lot I: It includes the construction of a 1.550km underground rail track with two underground stations.
Lot II: It includes the construction of a 1.070km underground rail track with an underground metro station.
The scope of the contract includes services for construction, architectural, track and contact rail, water and sanitation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, electromechanical part, including supply and installation of technological equipment, transportation equipment, dispatching management and low voltage systems to full completion of the section and commissioning.
The architectural and engineering services, urban planning and landscape architectural, engineering and related scientific and technical consulting services, technical testing and analysis contract were awarded to MIC consortium of Bulgaria.
LINE II (Blue Line): The second line involves the construction of a 6.4km section between Nadezhda interchange and Lozenets district through central railway station and the National Palace of Culture started on December 14, 2008. In July 2008, Turkish construction firm Dogus Insaat ve Ticaret and the Metrotrace consortium were appointed as the contractor.
Works on the section between Obelya residential District and Nadezhda started in February 2010. Both sections of the line entered into service on August 31, 2012.
In March 2014, a contract for a south extension of the line connecting the James Bourchier Boulevard with the Hladilnika residential district was signed. Metropolitan AD, has signed an agreement with Bulgarian-Czech consortium. The consortium consists of Bulgarian builders Stanilov and GP Group and Czech partner Metroprojekt Praha.
The extension will be 1.3km and will include one station, located in the Hladilnika neighborhood. The construction work started in August 2014 and expected to be completed in June 2016.
In September 2014, Bulgarian government allocated US$5.3 million funds for the completion of the last metro station of the extension.
LINE III: The line involves the construction of an 18km underground rail track and 19 stations. It is divided into sections.
The first section (Lot I or phase) involves the construction of 7.8km and eight stations. The section will cross the central parts of the city, connecting Botevgradsko shosse boulevard with Ovcha Kupel 1 neighborhood in south-western Sofia. It is implemented in four sub-sections.
The first sub-section involves the construction of 2.9km rail track and two stations, second and third sub-section involves the construction of 2.4km and 1.6km long involving five stations.
The second phase involves the construction of 3·8km rail track and four stations.
In April 2014, Metropolitan AD issued a tender for design and construction contract (first section of line III) with May 29, 2014, as the submission deadline. However, the submission deadline was extended to June 12, 2014, and in November 2014; the deadline was again extended to January 15, 2015.
On January 22, 2015, the bids were opened. 14 firms submitted the bids; five bidders submitted for the first sub-section; two consortia submitted for second and third sub-stations; Gulermak and another four bidders submitted bids for the fourth sub-station, which includes tunneling works with the tunnel-boring machine (TBM).
A consortium of Dogus and Ultrastroy has been appointed as the design and build contractor for the first section of the third line.
In December 2014, the Bulgarian government secured US$489 million from the European Union’s Transport operational program.
On January 19, 2015, Metropolitan EAD has issued the tender for US$242 million supply contract (Line III) with a submission deadline on March 17, 2015. The scope involves the supply of 20 metro trains with a length of 60m will be equipped with radio-based CBTC, integrated radio communications system, SCADA systems for technical supervision and for power supply management.
Construction works on Line I, Northern Branch (Lot I, Lot II,) and Southern Branch (Lot I, Lot II) work completed in the second quarter of 2015.
On January 20, 2016, Construction works on the first phase of the third line commenced.
Herrenknecht AG has been appointed as the TBM supply contractor for the first phase of the third line.
On March 15, 2016, The contract to supply rolling stock and signaling for the first phase of Line 3 was awarded to a consortium of Siemens and Newag. Siemens will supply Trainguard MT onboard and wayside communications-based train control equipment, Trackguard interlockings, Control-guide OCS train control, voice radio and data transmission, SCADA, the wayside digital communication network and half-height platform edge doors. Newag will be responsible for servicing during the warranty period.
In April 2016, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded US$410 million for the Lot I of line 3 extension.
In July 2016, construction works were completed on the Line II extension.
On July 27, 2017, construction works on the second phase of the third line commenced.
On August 1, 2017, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded US$103 million for the construction of Line III.
On August 4, 2017, The government granted US$9 million to Sofia Municipality for the construction of Line 3 of the underground railway in the capital.
The entire project is expected to complete by 2020.Scope
The project involves the construction of a 65km metro line with 63 stations in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The US$4,500 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of a 29km metro railway line in Line I
2. Construction of a 17km metro railway line in Line II
3. Construction of an 18km metro railway line in Line III
4. Installation of ventilation and safety equipment
5. Integration of small retail units on stations
6. Provision of parking lotsReasons To Buy
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