French-Japanese Consortium to Operate and Maintain Dubai Metro
A French-Japanese consortium has won a contract for the operation and maintenance of the Dubai Metro as well as the operation of the Dubai Tram.
The contract covers 15 years (9 base years and 6 renewable years) and amounts to approximately $157 million per annum.
The consortium consists of three companies namely Keolis, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, and Mitsubishi Corporation.
The award of the contract follows a public tender released by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in which four consortiums and international firms specialised in rail operation and maintenance took part.
Proposals made were analysed and the contract was awarded to the French-Japanese consortium for submitting the best technical and financial proposals.
His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, remotely signed the contract on behalf of RTA.
Keolis Group CEO Marie-Ange Debon, Aki Heiko Nozaka, Director of Investment and Services at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, and Toru Kimura, General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation, signed on behalf of the consortium.
The consortium shall cater to the operation and maintenance of Dubai Metro as well as the operation of Dubai Tram as of September 8th, 2021.
Before that, preparations will be made for the handover of assets and systems from the current operator to the new operator to ensure a safe and smooth operation of Dubai Metro and Tram, once the contract kicks in.
Al Tayer said: “According to the contract, the consortium shall undertake the operation and maintenance services of the Dubai Metro Red and Green lines as well as Route 2020.
"It will also cater to the operation of Dubai Tram, and all assets of the metro and tram networks including trains, control centres, stations and the associated infrastructure.
"It shall also attend to the provision of high-class passenger transport services compatible with the daily changing requirements in the number of metro and tram riders.”
“The contract also covers the operation and maintenance of the automated metro and fare systems including the selling and recharging of nol cards at the metro stations."