FINAL bids are due on March 3 for a contract to build the planned 3 km extension of the Istanbul heavy metro from Taksim to Unkapan?µ. Including a bridge across the Golden Horn, the extension is provisionally costed at 36 trillion lire.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has prequalified nine consortia for the work, including Turkish firms Yüksel and Güris; Bayinder and Limak; Gülermak, Ferrovial, Agroman and Auxini of Spain; Yap?µ Merkezi with Wayss & Freytag and Interbeton; Baytur, Cengiz, Kiska and Mitsubishi; IHI of Japan with Enka and Dogus; Gama Endustri with Vitkovice of the Czech Republic and Trevi of Italy; Tekfen; and STFA, Temel and Alke.

Prequalification bids for the next 2·5 km metro extension, from Unkapan?µ to Yenikap?µ, were submitted in early February. These included bids from Taylor Woodrow with Gülermak, AGE with Beton und Monierbau, Yap?µ Merkezi, and Gama Endüstri. Also costed at 36 trillion lire, this section will be funded directly by the municipality.

Five consortia submitted prequalification bids at the end of January for a US$250m turnkey contract to build and equip a 7·5 km extension of Istanbul’s light metro network from Otogar to Bagcilar and Mahmutbey, including six stations. They are: Adtranz with Yapi Merkezi and ABB; Ulermak and Taylor Woodrow of Great Britain; Ceylan with Nesco of Spain; Enka, Caravan and SNC Lavalin of Canada; and Yuksel and Guris with Ansaldo of Italy.

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