Construction contracts for the large-scale Moscow Metro expansion project are set to be signed. The contracts are worth record-breaking amounts – exceeding 573 billion rubles – according to the Russian Ministry of Transport.
Government documentation states that the Moscow Metro “intends to enter into a contract for works on construction and putting into operation of the underground ‘turn-key’, including the performance of the functions of technical customer, design work, development of design and working documentation, construction and assembly works and supply equipment to the underground.”
Interested firms are invited to make an offer, with applications to be accepted until August 9 and offers officially considered on August 12. The maximum contract value is 573,351,936,000 rubles, including VAT.
With the document detailing applicant requirements reaching almost six pages, focus was placed on the necessity for contractors to perform a wide range of engineering research, preparation of project documentation, construction, reconstruction and repair, including facilities such as roads, road and rail tunnels, airports, bridges, ramps and overpasses.
From the participant the Ministry also demands experience of work on the design, construction and commissioning underground facilities to the tune of at least 40 billion rubles for 2012. In addition, the executor must also possess a valid license to carry out the work of the FSB, including the use of state secret information.
This is the largest contract in the history of the construction of the Moscow Metro. Suitable candidates can be owned by the Government of Moscow “Mosinzhproekt”, an Open Joint Institute for survey and design of engineering structures and communications, which already serves the general designers and contractors on many construction sites in Moscow.
Revenues of the company in 2012 exceeded 44 billion rubles. The head of the Construction Department of Moscow, Andrey Bochkarev, and Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction, Marat Khusnullin, repeatedly stated that they are seeking to create in conjunction with “Mosinzhproekt”.
After the arrival of the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin in 2010, the volume of annual funding from the budget of the subway construction grew at least twice, and in 2013 tripled. In 2012, the Moscow authorities have allocated Metrostroitelstvo 100 billion rubles. The funding amount planned for the next three years is 140-170 billion rubles a year. In comparison, the ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov annually spend 20-40 billion.