Alstom-led consortium signs LoI for Baghdad Elevated Train project

21 October 2020 (Last Updated October 21st, 2020 18:19)

An Alstom-led consortium and its partner Hyundai Engineering & Construction have signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the Iraqi Ministry of Transport for a framework for all the required steps to expedite the execution of the Baghdad Elevated Train (BET).

Alstom-led consortium signs LoI for Baghdad Elevated Train project
The light rail system project will feature 14 stations. Credit: Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash.

An Alstom-led consortium and its partner Hyundai Engineering & Construction have signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the Iraqi Ministry of Transport for a framework for all the required steps to expedite the execution of the Baghdad Elevated Train (BET).

This LoI was signed during the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi’s visit to Paris, in the presence of French Prime Minister Jean Castex.

A 20km elevated metro in Baghdad, the light rail system project will feature 14 stations and include the supply of rolling stock, electromechanical systems, tracks, besides related civil works.

The project will connect AlEtafia, Al-Khadumia, Alsarafia bridge Al-Mustansirya, Wazyria and AlShab over 16km, besides AlEtafia AlMuthana airport to Al-Alawi over 4km.

Alstom Africa, Middle-East and Central Asia senior vice-president Müslüm Yakisan said: “We are extremely delighted to sign the LoI and develop our cooperation with the Republic of Iraq.

“We believe that with this important project together with the Iraqi government we will implement our latest innovative technologies to improve the mobility environment in Baghdad and reduce the current traffic congestion.”

Alstom’s metros cater to several cities in the world, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Paris and Singapore.

It has more than six decades of experience in producing metros and over 17,000 metro cars that run in 55 cities across the world and carries around 30 million passengers daily.

The firm delivered the Dubai tramway, a fully integrated tramway system in the Middle East that opened in November 2014, and also claimed to be the first completely catenary-free line in the world.

The firm is also responsible for the maintenance of Dubai Tram for 13 years.

The Alstom-led Consortium, ExpoLink, is also responsible for delivering Dubai Route 2020 Metro, a driverless metro project that was inaugurated in June 2020.

As part of FAST consortium, the firm is delivering a completely integrated metro system for lines 4, 5 and 6 that includes Urbalis signalling system, 69 Metropolis-based Riyadh Metro trains, Hesop energy recovery station and tracks in Saudi Arabia.