The FCC/Astaldi/AB Construct/ACM Delta JV has been awarded a US$372M contract to design and build the 6.1km long Section 1 of the Bucharest Metro Line 5 in Romania. The contract includes the boring of twin 4.8km long, 5.7m diameter tunnels, and a third tunnel measuring 260m linking Lines 1 and 5 at Eroilor station.
Work is scheduled to begin in the second half of this year and will take at most 25 months. A total of 240,000m3 of earth and rock will need to be excavated. The Line’s nine stations will be located between 15 and 20m below ground level.
The contract was awarded by Romania’s national metro company Metrorex. Other bidders included a Turkish-Russian-Italian consortium (Dogus, Gulermak, Moskovsky Metrostroy and Salini) and an Austrian-Romanian group (Strabag and Straco Grup). The construction project will be financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Romanian government.