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Russia, Nizhny Novgorod - ru/15



Russia, Yekaterinburg - ru/14



Russia, Moscow - ru/13

Heavy Metro



Russia, St Petersburg - ru/12



Russia, Moscow - ru/11

Light Metro

  Tenders to be called for first 2 km section of proposed light metro in 4 m-diameter tunnels from Kievskaya Square to Kutozovskaya Avenue for completion 2002. Extension under river to Dorogomilvskaya and Moscow City to follow for 2003. Last stage will interchange new metro with existing heavy metro. Longer term plan for three-line network with a circle and two radical routes linking Park Probeda and Nizhni Mnevniki to Lefortovo. March 1999.



Rwanda, Western Province - rw/11


Closing Date: 12.01.2022 (Tender Closed)

Restricted invitation to tender, deadline 12/01/2022, for the Ruzizi III EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) Turnkey Contract -Initial Selection. The Ruzizi III Regional Hydroelectric Power Plant, will be located on the Ruzizi River, at the border between (DRC- Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Rwanda. It will be part of the Ruzizi Cascade, already equipped by Ruzizi I and Ruzizi II projects, and will be located approximately 13 km downstream of the Ruzizi II dam. The contract includes the construction of a 3.8 km long, 6.7 m diameter, concrete-lined headrace tunnel from the dam reservoir to the powerhouse. Value contract EUR436 million, excluding VAT. Duration contract 56 months. Tenders must be sent to Ruzizi III Energy Ltd, attn Luciano Canale, Kigali, tel +25 0786674578, email luciano.canale@ruzizienergy.com. Contact Ruzizi III Energy Ltd, attn Lonceny Magassouba, Kigali, tel +224 622676247, email RuziziIII_EPC_InitialSelection@ruzizienergy.com. Visit http://ted.europa.eu/udl?request=Seek-Deliver&language=en&docid=575634-2021. 46/21.

Rwanda-Kigali: Hydro-electric plant construction work

2021/S 220-575634

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

EIB Guide to Procurement - Financed by the EIB

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Ruzizi III Energy Limited
Postal address: Sanlam Towers, Wing 4A, 4th Floor, KN 67 St 10
Town: Kigali
NUTS code: RW Rwanda
Postal code: 3300
Country: Rwanda
Contact person: Luciano Canale (Project Director)
E-mail: luciano.canale@ruzizienergy.com
Telephone: +25 0781553634
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.ruzizi-iii.com


Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at:

Additional information can be obtained from another address:

Official name: Ruzizi III Energy Limited
Postal address: Cité chemin de fer, Commune de Kaloum, BP : 1463
Town: Kigali
NUTS code: RW Rwanda
Postal code: Rue KA 050
Country: Rwanda
Contact person: Loncény MAGASSOUBA
E-mail: RuziziIII_EPC_InitialSelection@ruzizienergy.com
Telephone: +224 622676247
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.ruzizi-iii.com

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the following address:

Official name: Ruzizi III Energy Limited
Postal address: Sanlam Towers, Wing 4A, 4th Floor, KN 67 St 10
Town: Kigali
Postal code: Rue KA 050
Country: Rwanda
Contact person: Luciano Canale
Telephone: +25 0786674578
E-mail: luciano.canale@ruzizienergy.com
NUTS code: RW Rwanda
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.ruzizi-iii.com

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Other type: Private company (SPV)

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Electricity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Ruzizi III EPC Turnkey Contract – Initial Selection

II.1.2)Main CPV code

45251120 Hydro-electric plant construction work

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Ruzizi III Regional Hydroelectric Power Plant will be located on the Ruzizi River, at the border between DRC and Rwanda. It will be part of the Ruzizi Cascade, already equipped by Ruzizi I and Ruzizi II projects, and will be located approximately 13 km downstream of the Ruzizi II dam.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 436 000 000.00 EUR

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: RW Rwanda

Main site or place of performance:

The Ruzizi III Regional Hydroelectric Power Plant will be located on the Ruzizi River, at the border between DRC and Rwanda. It will be part of the Ruzizi Cascade, already equipped by Ruzizi I and Ruz

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This is the Initial Selection process for the Ruzizi III Regional Hydroelectric Power Plant EPC contract. The contract will include the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of a 45 m height embankment dam with associated spillway, low level outlet, and eco-flow small-hydro, a 3.8 km long, 6.7 m diameter, concrete-lined headrace tunnel from the dam reservoir to the powerhouse, penstock and unit penstocks, power station and switchyard, a 7.3 km long 220 kV double-circuit transmission line connecting the Ruzizi III substation to the regional dispatch station in Kamanyola (DRC), access roads from Bugarama (Rwanda) and Kamanyola (DRC) to the dam site, and all ancillary and related works. The power station will have three generating units and an eco-flow small-hydro, giving an installed capacity of 206 MW.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 436 000 000.00 EUR

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 56

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 12/01/2022

Local time: 14:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English, French

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.3)Additional information:

The Borrower (“the Contracting States (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda) and Ruzizi III Energy Limited (REL)”); REL a special purpose company who is going to be owned by Industrial Promotion Services and SN Power (owned by Scatec ASA) and the Contracting States.

The Borrower has currently secured from the African Development Bank, approval for part of the funding for the 206 MW (203 MW for the main powerhouse and 3 MW for the small-hydro on the ecological flow). In addition, the Borrower is currently negotiating the remaining financing from a number of other multilateral development banks, including the World Bank (WB), European Investment Bank (EIB), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the French Development Agency (AFD), and the European Union (EU). This funding will be used towards the cost of developing the project, and the Borrower intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, and services to be procured under this project.

In this regard, Ruzizi III Energy Limited intends to initial select contractors and consortia to tender for the RIII-EPC contract. Initial Selection documents will be made available, in electronic format for free, in a dedicated electronic system. Interested applicants may request access to the electronic system by sending an email to the following address: RuziziIII_EPC_InitialSelection@ruzizienergy.com.

All queries related to the Initial Selection process should be sent via email to the following email address: RuziziIII_EPC_InitialSelection@ruzizienergy.com.

The RIII-EPC contract is planned to be tendered in Q4 2022 with work commencing in Q1 2023.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Ruzizi III Energy Limited
Town: Kigali
Country: Rwanda

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, Hijaz Region - sa/16

High-speed and freight rail

Neom has awarded two contracts for the drill & blast construction of two separate tunnels with a length of 28km dedicated to high-speed and freight rail services as part of the170-km Line project in northwest Saudi Arabia. The Line will be part of the futuristic megacity of Neom, an ambitious project backed by the government with USD 500 billion in funding, which will be built on an area of 26,500 km2 in northwestern Saudi Arabia, between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. It is described as a belt of hyper-connected communities without cars and roads. As well as residential communities built along the rail and infrastructure corridor, the building work plans being considered include a series of connected high-rise mirrored towers.   

The first contract has been awarded to the FCC/CSCEC/SAJCO Joint Venture, whose partners are the Spain’s FCC with the Beijing-based China State Construction Engineering Corporation and the local Shibh al-Jazira Contracting Company (Sajco). 

The second contract has been awarded to the SHA Joint Venture, whose partners are the South Korean contractors Samsung C&T Corporation and Hyundai Engineering & Construction and the Greece’s Archirodon.  

The rock excavated as part of the tunnelling project will be processed for subsequent reuse within the permanent concrete lining of the tunnels and other projects within Neom to ensure minimal impact to natural landscapes.  

Beijing-based China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) was awarded a contract in 2021 for the adits and portals package serving the bored tunnels. Neom is also preparing to tender contracts for the cut and cover tunnel sections of The Line. Visit https://www.ice.it and https://www.neom.com.  24/22. 


Neom has invited selected contractors to submit tenders by 12 June for contracts to complete tunnels that will serve as the railway junction connecting the Spine with the Neom Connector.   

The Spine is the infrastructure corridor running below THE LINE, one of the new cities planned for the NEOM project in the Tabuk region of northwest Saudi Arabia. The NEOM Connector is a planned 60km long infrastructure corridor to connect THE LINE and OXAGON, another region planned for NEOM.  

Known as the Delta Junction, the project involves 26.5 km of tunnelling work that will be split into two lots, one for the north and the other for the south. The works will be completed as five contracts. Each contract involves about 5km of tunnels that will be excavated through hard rock using drill and blast and cut and cover techniques. The prospective bidders for the Delta Junction works include Riyadh-based Al-Ayuni Investments & Contracting, Jeddah-based Almabani, Spain’s Acciona and Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), Beijing-headquartered China Railway Construction Corporation and China State Construction Engineering, Seoul-based Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Samsung C&T, Mumbai-headquartered Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Italy’s WeBuild. The engineering consultant for the project is US-based Aecom.   

Contractors are also preparing to submit tenders for work on the Spine tunnels. The contracts tendered cover the concrete works, known as Type A, and the installation of precast sections, known as Type C. The closing date for both contracts has been extended to 11 May. The Spine is the infrastructure corridor running below the 170-km-long series of 500-m-tall, mirrored buildings known as The Line, running from the Red Sea coast inland towards Tabuk. The local contractors invited to submit offers include Al-Yamama Company, Al-Ayuni Investment & Contracting, Almabani, FMSCO, Shibh al-Jazira Contracting (Sajco), Nesma & Partners and Saudi Pan Kingdom.  

Visit https://www.meed.com/ and https://neom.directory. for further information 17/23. 



Saudi Arabia, Mecca region - sa/15


Rua al-Madinah Holding (RMH) Co, a 100% subsidiary of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), have awarded to China Railway 18th Bureau Group Company the EUR 924.35 million (CNY5bn/USD974 million) contract for the Madinah Tunnel Project. Which includes the AH tunnel, the Ali Bin Abi Talib tunnel, the airport tunnel, a pedestrian bridge and various auxiliary projects near the city of Madinah (Medina) . The total length of the tunnels are about 5 km and the construction period is 42 months.  The project, will enable Al-Amida road to serve as an alternative to the current ring road by expanding the roadway to six lanes, upgrading the Ali bin Abi Taleb traffic tunnel, and connecting Al-Amida to the King Faisal ring road. The consultants working on the project include Canada’s WSP and US-based Parsons. Visit https://english.crcc.cn/ and https://ruaalmadinah.com/ . 24/22.


Saudi Arabia, Mecca - sa/14


Closing Date: 26.05.2014 (Tender Closed)

The Employer, the Development Commission of Makkah and Mashaaer (DCOMM) is inviting  contractors to prequalify, deadline 26.05.2014, for Mecca (or Makkah) Public Transport Program (MPTP or “Program”) Metro Phase 1 Systems Works comprising of the following systems:

1) Track work (including 3rd Rail) for the Mainline and the Depot;

2) Rail Systems, including Rail Systems for Depot , to include Medium and Low Voltage Power Supply, Traction Power Supply, Signalling,  Telecommunication, AFC (Automatic Fare Collection), PSD (Platform Screen Doors) & SDO (Segregation Doors), ICS (Integrated Control System) & OCC (Operation and Control Center);

3) Architectural Works and Fit-Out for Stations, OCC, Headquarters, Depot and Various Ancillary Buildings

4) MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) for Stations, OCC, Headquarters, Depot and Various Ancillary Buildings and Tunnels

4) Overall System Integration

MPTP Metro Phase 1 consists of Section 1 and Section 2. Section 1, mostly underground, is about metro Line B and the northwestern part of metro Line C. Section 1 comprises 24.8 km of guideway and 12 stations. Section 2, above ground, is in southeastern part of metro Line C. Section 2 comprises 20.3 km of guideway and 10 stations, together with the Depot (civil shell and core).

The MPTP Metro Phase 1 Metro Works will be procured on a design-build basis under four separate contracts. For application submission purposes contact Development Commission of Makkah and Mashaaer, MMRTC Office, Makkah Al Mukarramah, att.n Managing Director of Makkah Public Transport Program and CEO of Makkah Mass Rail Transit Company, tel + 966 12 567 3987, e-mail Metro@makkahtransit.org. Visit woth http://makkahtransit.com/Attachments/FINAL%20PQD%20for%20System%20Works%20-%2023%20March%202014%20Rev%2000.pdf. 13/14.



The consortium Isolux Corsan (Spain), Kolin Insaat Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret (Turkey) and Haif Company (Saudi Arabia) has been appointed as preferred bidder to build lines B and C of the Makkah Metro project, value EUR2.3 billion. Mecca Metro will begin the negotiation with the consortium with a view to signing the contract in the next few months.

The 11.9 km-long Line B section will include the construction of three stations. The 13 km-long Line C section will include the construction of six stations and two big interchange stations.

The contract includes the construction  of stations and interchange stations with civil works, access ramps, grand roofs, canopies, and tunnels. Tunnels are divided in the different sections according to different construction methods : 19,616 m by drill/blast, 8,740 m by TBM and 4,105 m in cut/cover. The project will include more than 1,175 m of viaducts and pedestrian underpasses. Click here for more. Visit http://makkahtransit.org/. 30/15.


Saudi Arabia, Riyadh - sa/13


Closing Date: 26.06.2012 (Tender Closed)

Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) invites international consortia to prequalify, deadline 20.06.2012, for a turnkey contract to design, build and equip Phase 1 of the Riyadh light metro, with an option to maintain the three-lines 92 km-long network. Design has so far only been completed for lines 1 and 2, which have an estimated cost of EUR3.6 billion.

Companies that prequalify will be invited to bid on 20.07.2012, with submissions due by end-October. ADA plans to award the contract in mid-January 2013, and the first section of the light metro must open by the end of 2016. The metro will include a mixture of underground, at grade and elevated construction. Line 1 will be 24 km-long, Line 2 will be 26 km-long, and Line 3 will be 42 km-long. Phase 2 will add another three lines to the network, but their alignment has not yet been defined. Prequalification application forms available by e-mail from metro@arriyadh.net. Visit www.arriyadh.net. 24/12.


The following three consortia submitted technical and financial offers for a turnkey contract to design, build and equip Phase 1 of the Riyadh light metro: Consortium 1, leader Vinci Construction (France) with Siemens (Germany), Almabani General Contractors (Saudi Arabia), Consolidated Contractors Company (Saudi Arabia), Aecom (USA); Consortium 2, leader Bombardier (Canada) with Al Rajhi Holding Group (Saudi Arabia), YAPI Merkezi Insaat (Turkey), Obrascon Huarte Lain (Spain), Al Arrab Contracting Co (Saudi Arabia), Shibh Al Jazira Contracting Co (Saudi Arabia), GS Engineering and Construction (Korea), Freyssinet Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia), Serco Group (UK), Mott Macdonald (UK), Parsons Brinckerhoff Arabia (Saudi Arabia); Consortium 3, leader FCC Construccion SA (Spain) with Alstom Transport SA (France), Samsung C&T Corporation (Korea), Alpine (Austria), Strukton Civiel Projecten BV (The Netherlands), SETEC (France), Tecnica Y Proyectos (Spain). Visit www.arriyadh.net. 24/13.


The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) awarded to three international consortia the design and build contracts for the Riyadh Public Transport Project (RPTP), involving 6 electric driverless lines with a total length of 176 km and 85 stations.

The ArRiyadh New Mobility (ANM) consortium awarded the construction of the Line 3 (red) in Riyadh, including two large stations landmark "Qasr Al Hokom" and "Western Station". The line will run 40.7 km from Madina Al Munawara to Amir Saad bin Abdul Rahman Al Awal Road. The winning consortium is formed by Salini-Impregilo (Italy), Larsen & Toubro (India) and Nesma (Saudi Arabia) for the civil works, Ansaldo STS (Italy) for the technological part and Bombardier (Canada) for the supply of vehicles. The contract is valued at EUR 3.9 billion (USD5,211,926,731).

The BACS consortium, headed by Bechtel (USA) and including Almabani General Contractors (Saudi Arabia), Consolidated Contractors Company, and Siemens (Germany) will be responsible for the design, construction, train cars, signalling, electrification and integration of Line 1 and Line 2 with a total distance of 63.3 km. Line 1 (blue) will run north to south across Riyadh from Olaya to Batha Corridor and Line 2 (green) will run east to west along King Abdullah Road. The contract is valued at EUR 7.1 billion (USD9,447,067,500).

The FAST consortium, leaded by FCC Construccion (Spain) and including Samsung (Korea), Alstom (France), Strukton (The Netherlands), Freyssinet Saudi Arabia and engineering companies Typsa (Spain) and Setec (France) will deliver Line 4 (orange), Line 5 (yellow) and Line 6 (purple) that covers a total distance of 72.5 km. The consortium will use three TBMs to build tunnels almost 10 m in diameter for the three lines. The contract is valued at EUR 5.9 billion (USD7,819,320,950).

Work will begin on the design of the metro project immediately and construction will begin in the first quarter of 2014. Visit  http://www.arriyadh.com/Eng and http://riyadhmetro.com/. 31/13.


The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) in Saudi Arabia has announced the two winning international consortia who will oversee the design and construction of Riyadh's new metro system. The metro network features six lines with a total length of approximately 176 km and driverless trains.

Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants, a JV between US firm Parsons and French firms Egis and Systra, has been awarded the first project and construction management contract.

RMTC will be responsible for managing metro lines 1, 2 and 3. These lines will be designed and built by the BACS and Arriyadh New Mobility group consortia. Value of contract EUR420 million.

Riyadh Advanced Metro Project Execution and Delivery (RAMPED), a JV between Louis Berger and Hill International, was awarded the second contract to manage metro lines 4, 5 and 6. These lines will be designed and built by the FAST consortium. Value of contract EUR199 million. Visit http://riyadhmetro.com and www.arriyadh.com/eng/ada/. 37/13.