An Alstom-led Consortium, together with partner Hyundai Engineering & Construction, have signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Iraqi Ministry of Transport to define a framework to accelerate the implementation of the Baghdad Elevated Train (BET) project.

The signing ceremony was held in Matignon, France in the presence of Jean Castex, the French Prime Minister and Mustafa Al Kadhimi, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Alstom said in a press statement.

Last month, Zawya had reported that the Iraqi government would submit the much-delayed project to the parliament for approval before awarding it to Alstom.

The 20-kilometre, 14-station BET would connect Al Kadimiya city and Al Allawi Area to Al Shaab city in 23 minutes, bypassing Al Sarafiya Bridge and Al Sader City, according to the statement.

The elevated metro’s Al-Khadumia, AlEtafia, Alsarafia bridge, Al-Mustansirya, Wazyria and AlShab stretch would be 16 kilometres long, while its AlEtafia, AlMuthana airport and Al-Alawi line would stretch for four kilometres, the statement noted.

"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,” said Müslum Yakisan, Senior Vice President for the Africa, Middle-East and Central Asia region at Alstom.

The contract would also include the supply of rolling stock, electromechanical systems, tracks, as well as associated civil works, the statement noted. 

In Saudi Arabia, Alstom, as part of FAST consortium, is supplying a fully integrated metro system for lines 4, 5 and 6.

In Dubai, the Alstom-led ExpoLink Consortium were responsible for delivering the world’s fastest-built turnkey driverless metro project, Dubai Route 2020 Metro, which was inaugurated in June 2020.

(Writing by Anoop Menon; Editing by Seban Scaria)

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