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International tunnellers sought for Tel Aviv light rail

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Tel Avis’s  NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System is seeking international tunnellers for its light rail Green Line section.

Planned to run from the south of the city and to the old north, the tender is for a 4km tunnel and four stations.

Interested parties must demonstrate experience in tunnelling and construction of underground buildings in soft ground and groundwater in an urban environment close to residential buildings.

The tender is only open to foreign companies, as Israeli companies do not have the experience of urban tunnelling in soft soils, according to the tender documentation.

NTA CEO Yehuda Bar-On said, “This important tender takes us one more step towards a network of lines that the residents of Gush Dan (Greater Tel Aviv) are expecting. Building of the Red Line continues to progress on schedule towards its operation in less than three years. At the same time we are moving ahead with the Green Line and the Purple Line, which in a number of years will serve over 500,000 residents of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.”

The closing date for submissions is 15 May 2019, with tunnelling work scheduled to begin in 2020.

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