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Israel, Galilee - il/16

Railway

Invitation to prequalify, deadline 2nd August, 2005 for construction of the Acre-Carmiel railway line, Gillon tunnels. The project includes a pair of parallel single-track tunnels, each with a length of about 4.7 km, between km 14+213 and km 18+867. Electricity, communications, smoke evacuation systems, etc. will be part of a separate tender. Contact Israel Railways, Purchasing and Contractual Associations Wing, Offices of the ISR Management, Savidor Tel Aviv North Railway Station, or tel. +972 36937552 or 36937564. Visit www.israports.org.il/israports/doa_iis.dll/Serve/item/English/1.4.7.18.html or www.israrail.org.il 28/05.



Israel, Tel Aviv-Jerusalem - il/15

High Speed Railway

The new $750 million Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high speed line will include nine tunnels with a total length of 14 km. Construction in three stages, beginning with the section between Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport, which will be followed by a line from the airport to Modi'in, and then finally up the hills to Jerusalem. First stage under construction, with a tunnel beneath the Shapirim interchange to the new terminal at the airport. Second stage expected to be in service by November, 2005. Visit www.israrail.org.il 13/02.Invitation to prequalify, deadline 5th May, 2005 for the first stage of the construction of the A1 railway line to Jerusalem, section C. The project includes two one-track tunnels, 11.6 km each, a bridge and option for an approach tunnel. Contact Israel Railways, Procurement & Contracting Division, Tel Aviv Central Train Station Savidor (Arlozorov), Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel. +972 36937552 or 36937564. Visit www.israrail.org.il/english/index.html or www.israports.org.il/israports/doa_iis.dll/Serve/item/English/1.4.7.16.html 13/05.Seven consortia have prequalified for section C of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high speed link, including two one-track tunnels, 11.6 km each. They are Danya Cebus (Israel) and China Railway Construction Corporation; A. Arenson (Israel), Porr and Zschokke Locher; Minrav Holdings (Israel) and China Railway First Group; Ashtrom Group (Israel) and Open Joint-Stock (Russia); Solel Boneh (Israel), Zueblin and E. Pihl & Son; Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering (Israel) and Alpine Mayreder Bau; and Roichman Bros. Shomron Infrastructures (Israel) and Pizzarotti. 11/06.Five consortia have successfully passed the preliminary selection stage for section C of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high speed line, including two single-track tunnels, 11.6 km each. They are: A. Arenson (Israel) and Porr (Austria); Danya Cebus (Israel) and China Railway Construction Corporation; Solel Boneh Building & Infrastructure (Israel) and Zueblin (Germany); Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering (Israel) and Alpine Mayreder (Austria); and Minrav Holdings (Israel) and China Railways First Group. The two consortia led by Ashtrom and Roichman Brothers Shomron Infrastructures have been eliminated. Financial offers will be submitted in August 2006. 29/06.Section B of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high speed line includes tunnel #1 (3.5 km) named Akad, north of Latroun. Six candidates are competing for the final contract. The bidders are Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering and Alpine Mayreder; Solel Boneh Building & Infrastructure and Zueblin; Minrav and China Railway Third Group Corporation; Danya Cebus and China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC); A. Arenson and Zschokke (Implenia); and Ashtrom and Bamtonnelstroy of Russia. The contract is due to be awarded in the third quarter of 2008. The anticipated method of construction may be TBM, NATM with excavators in soft materials under umbrella vaults or in harder rock using drill and blast. Read E-News Weekly 29/2005. 50-51/07.Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering and Alpine Mayreder are in the process of signing a NIS1.5 billion contract to build section C of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high speed line, including two twin bored tunnels. The first tunnel on section C (tunnel #2) is named Hachoresh tunnel and is 2 x 1.2 km long. It was originally part of section B but has been integrated into section C further to project changes. The second tunnel (tunnel #3) is named Hachamisa and is 2 x 11.5 km long. The contract is expected to be signed in the first quarter of 2008 for work to commence in April. The short tunnel #2 will be built in softer ground than tunnel #3. About 300 metres in the west part on each bore of tunnel #2 will be built using the cut-and-cover method. The long tunnel will be driven from west to east probably by a double shield hard rock TBM (3/4 of the length) and from east to west by drill and blast (1/4 of the length). Geology is hard rock, mainly dolomites. The closer to Jerusalem, the harder the rock. The tunnels will be 9.2 m in diameter. From order to proceed to completion, construction will take 44 months. Read E-News Weekly 29/2005. Visit www.shapir.co.il and www.alpine.at 50-51/07.



Israel, Haifa - il/14

Mount Carmel Highway

  Contract awarded to jv of Dragados and Ashtrom for 9.6 m-wide twin tubes, 1.7 km-long at the east side in hard dolomite using drill/blast and 3.3 km-long at the west through chalk, volcanic tuff and dolomite by roadheader. Initial support by resin bolts, arches and shotcrete and final lining reinforced concrete. Excavation to commence in 2000 for completion in 2005. Design consultants Intecsa, value $135 million. June 1999.Carmelton, the consortium that won the tender in 1998 to construct the Carmel tunnel project in Haifa, has subcontracted the building of the tunnel to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). The Carmel tunnel project involves the construction of two dual-lane tunnels of 5.5 km each under Mount Carmel, connecting the northern and southern arteries of Haifa. The contract is worth USD90 million. Read E-News Weekly 37/2006, 37/2003, 22/2003, 17/2003 & 14/2003. Visit www.ccecc.com.cn 43/06.



Israel, Tel Aviv - il/13

Light Rail

Scheme approved and now under preparation by Delcan and Mott MacDonald with NTA Urban Construction Lines, a government corporation. BOT tenders will be called for US$2bn first phase which includes underground section from Petah-Tikva to Bat-Yam. Six-year construction period. Dec 1998. De Leuw Cather awarded preliminary design contract for the first 18 km of line which will now be built for light rail operation with a view to possible conversion to metro standards in the future. Sept 1999. Approval given for Red Line, partly in tunnel, to run between Peta-Tikva and Bat-Yam. It will be designed with overhead power supply for initial use, but alignment geometry and tunnel diameter will permit easy future conversion to heavy metro. Visit www.mottmac.com Sept 2000.BOT tenders expected end-2000 for 21 km Red line from Peta Tikva to Bat Yam via Jabitinsky Road, Hameslia and Jaffa, with 7 km Peta Tikva to Jaffa in cut-and-cover tunnel. Construction to start within two years for completion by 2008. Promoter NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd for Municipality of Tel Aviv. December 2000. Tender documents in preparation for 22 km Red Line to start construction in 2003 for opening 2008. Now to include 9 km of tunnel bored 40 m below street level. In first stage, 7 km will be driven between Allenby and Ben Gurion, to be followed later by 2 km extension from Ben Gurion to Geha. Project management by Mesillot, a jv of Hatch Mott MacDonald, Delcan, and Amy-Metom. Green Line from Rishon and Holon in the south, via the city centre, to Arlosoroff in design as LRT with interchanges with Red Line at Allenby and Arlosoroff. Visit www.hatchmott.com 03/01. Invitation to tender for BOT construction of 22 km-long red line with 7-9 km of tunnels expected September, 2001. Visit www.hatchmott.com 34/01. Invitation to prequalify, deadline 23rd May, 2002 for the US$1 billion 22 km Red Line under BOT contract. Includes 7.5 km of tunnels in the city centre and elevated sections to Petach Tikva and Bat Yam. Work on first stage to start in 2004 with commissioning expected for 2009. Contact NTA (Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.), 13 Gush Etzion St, 3rd floor (Shay Sohlberg, Manager of the Economics and Legal Division), Givat Shmuel, 54030, Israel, tel +972-(0)3-5320530, fax +972-(0)3-5480354, PQ_TENDER@nta.co.il. To get the 'Right to Participate and Threshold Requirements' document, e-mail thierry@tunnelbuilder.com. Also under planning are the Green Line from Rishon Lezion via Holon to Tel Aviv where it will cross the Red Line, the Yellow Line from Tel Aviv to Ramat Gan, Ramat Hasharon and Herzliya, and the Purple Line to Kiryat Ono. 51/01. Three international consortia will submit their bids on 31st July for the construction of the Tel Aviv metro. They are: Afriqua Israel, Siemens, Aecon (Canada); Dragados, Israeli construction firm Ashtrom, Alstom, Vivendi Environnement unit Connex; and RATP, Boig (France), Bomvred (Canada). The latter consortium is currently negotiating with two Israeli companies to get them to join the project. The first two consortia are also candidates for the Jerusalem light rail project. Read E-News Weekly # 24. The Tel Aviv metro is a 22 km network, both elevated and below ground, from Petah Tikva, north of Tel Aviv, to Bat Yam in the south. Estimated cost of $1.2 billion. 27/02. Four international consortia have submitted bids in the first tender to build and operate the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Light Railway Red Line. The first consortium comprises Siemens, Aecon Group, HTM (Netherlands), Africa-Israel Investments, and Egged Bus Cooperative. The second consortium comprises Bombardier, Bouygues, Paris metro operator RATP, and Israel's Property & Building and the Dan bus company. The third consortium is headed by Polar Investments, with Ashtrom, Alstom, Connex-CGEA, and Housing & Construction Holding Co. (Shikun u'Binui). The fourth consortium comprises Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), Daewoo International, BVG (Germany), and Israel's Ocif Investments & Development, Shafir Civil & Marine Engineering, Gmul, Granite Hacarmel Investments, and Bateman Engineering.The consortia for the final stage will be chosen by early 2003. The final tender will be published by mid-2003 and construction will begin in early 2005. The first trains are scheduled to operate in 2010. 45/02. The subcommittee for important infrastructure plans approved the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Light Railway Red Line. The line will be completely underground in the 7.5 km from Manshieh, through Ramat Gan, to the border of Bnei Brak. 32 stops are planned, including 11 underground. An award is pending. 12/03.The three shortlisted groups for the first phase of the Tel Aviv light rail are Siemens, Aecon Group, HTM, Africa-Israel Investments, and Egged Bus Cooperative; Bombardier, RATP, Bouygues, Property & Building, and Dan Bus Cooperative; and Alstom, Connex, Ashtrom, Housing & Construction Holding, and Polar Investments.The 22 km first phase includes 7.5 km of tunnels. 30/03.Five companies have joined forces to make up the Metropolitan Transportation Solution (MTS) consortium, which is competing in the Tel Aviv light railway tender. The companies are Africa-Israel Investments, Egged Bus Cooperative, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Portugal's Soares da Costa and Siemens. Each company will have a 20% share in the consortium, which will be led and managed by Africa-Israel. The tender is for the digging and construction of two light rail lines, one from Petah Tikva to Rishon LeZion, and the other from the Glilot junction in north Tel Aviv to western Rishon LeZion, with several branches and sublines. Construction will take an estimated 5-10 years. 27/04.MTS, a consortium which consists of Africa-Israel, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Soares da Costa, the Egged bus cooperative, Siemens, and the leading Dutch transportation company HTM won a BOT contract for the 22 km Red Line. The contract is worth ILS7.1 billion, the biggest private sector contract ever tendered in Israel's history. MTS' bid was just ILS400 million under that of rival Metrorail, who bidded at ILS7.5 billion. The defeated Metrorail consortium is expected to file suit against the award to MTS. Even if MTS finally succeeds, it will have first to finish detailed planning and overcome many other financial and administrative difficulties, including working with the mayors of five different municipalities along the route. Visit www.africa-israel.com, www.ccecc.com.hk and www.soaresdacosta.ptThe line runs from Petah Tikva bus station through Bnei Brak and Ramat Gan through to central Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Bat Yam. About 10 kilometres of the line is to be built underground, with ten underground stops (Allenby, Carlebach, Yehudit, Shaul HaMelech, Arlozorov, Abba Hillel, Bialik, Ben Gurion, Aharonowitz, and Em HaMoshavot), with an average distance of 500 metres between them. Tunnelling is due to begin in late 2008-early 2009. The first phase is expected to be operational in 2013. MTS will operate the line for 22 years. Read E-News Weekly 6/2006, 24/2005, 6/2005 & 47/2004. Click il/13. 03/07.



Invitation to prequalify, deadline 27.09.2012, for tender 017-2012 design-build of 1.5 km-long twin-tube NATM section of Red Line from Em Hamoshava to Geha Junction at Petah Tikva comprising total of 3.5 km of mining including crosspassages. Tender documents available for download at NTA website www.nta.co.il/site/en/neta.asp?pi=464. Bidders conference at location to be advised by NTA. All questions to tender017_2012@nta.co.il. 28/12.  



Invitation to prequalify, deadline 22.08.2012, for tender 053-2011 design-build of 8 km-long, twin-tube, 6.5 m-diameter TBM section of Red Line from Geha Junction, along Jabotinski St in Bnei Brak and Ramat Gan and Menachem Begin Road in Tel Aviv to Elifellet station at the old Turkish rail lines. Contract includes eight station boxes, box for track crossover at Ben Gurion station, and crosspassages. Three shafts are in place at Geha Junction in Bnei Brak, Hertzel St, and Galei Gil. Eight TBMs are required. Tender documents available for download at NTA website www.nta.co.il/site/en/neta.asp?pi=464. Bidders conference at location to be advised by NTA. All questions to tender053_2011@nta.co.il. 28/12. 



Israel, Jerusalem - il/12

Light Rail

First stage involves 14 km line with four tunnels connecting Pisgat Zeev in the north to the old city, the city centre and up to Mount Herzl in the southwest. Two underground sections. City Entrance tunnel in hard dolomite with only 2 m rock cover; Paratroopers tunnel in limestone with low vibration limitation; Hashalom Road tunnel in chalk and marly chalk; Depot's Entrance tunnel in chalk and limestone. $351 million total, of which $47 million for underground works. Design subject to re-evaluation by Semaly, France. Final plan calls for 8 lines with double tracks comprising 50 km with 75 stations. February 1999.   Tenders are likely to be called before the end of 1999 for construction of the first line from French Hill via Yaffo Street to Herzl Boulevard, estimated cost US$250 million. The entire five-line project now comprises 47 km of track, including 6.5 km in tunnel, and 72 stations. Total cost is estimated at US$1.3 billion and completion is expected in 2002. November 1999.   Tenders are likely to be called before the end of this year for construction of a light rail network in Jerusalem. The entire five-line project comprises 47 km of track, including 6.5 km in tunnel, and 72 stations. Total cost is estimated at US$1.3 billion and completion is slated for 2002. The first line will run from French Hill via Yaffo Street to Herzl Boulevard, and will cost about US$250 million. December 1999.   Prequalification bids for the 30-year build-operate-maintain concession for the first 14-km phase of the planned light rail network received from Baran Group in partnership with SNC-Lavalin, Canada as well as from domestic companies Africa Israel Investments and Housing & Construction Holding Co. March 2000.  The City Pass consortium, made up of Alstom, CGEA, and local companies Polar Investments and Ashtrom, was chosen as preferred candidate to build the first line, estimated to cost NIS1.7 billion.Trains are scheduled to start passenger services in mid-2006 between Mount Herzl and Pisgat Ze'ev via Rehov Jaffa on a 13.8 kilometre route serving 23 stations. The project is a BOT concession for 30 years. 45/02.



Israel, Jerusalem - il/11

Mount Scopus Highway

Two parallel two-lane vehicle tunnels about 500 m long to be driven linking to eastern ring road. First phase north tube under way by Moriah Ltd in jointed chalk with chalky limestone and solution cavities. February 1999.   $12 million Scopus twin tubes under construction by Solel Boneh. 600 m-long, 10 m-wide and 8.5 m-high in chalk and marl using roadheaders in top heading and D229 hammer in bench. Initial support by steel arch, mesh and shotcrete. Secondary support by two layers of steel mesh and 25 cm of shotcrete. Contact shetz@infomall.co.il 16/01.



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