Monday, August 06, 2007

Nakheel appoints SMRTE for operation of the Palm Monorail project

Nakheel has appointed SMRT Engineering, a subsidiary of SMRT Corporation of Singapore, for the operations of Dh.1.4 billion monorail in The Palm Jumeirah.

The contract will be finalized and SMRTE will soon be appointed as the operator for The Palm Monorail.

The contract was awarded to SMRTE by Nakheel through a competitive tender. There were four international submissions that have been reviewed over a span of three months.

The Palm Monorail is the first of its kind in the Middle East, and is expected to be developed by a group of major international companies under the leadership of Marubeni Corporation. The monorail is a Hitachi-based double tracked system that are 5.45kms elevated with four stations. The project is hundred percent automatic and driverless, although an attendant will always be available on board. The monorail has the capacity to carry about 2400 passengers per hour in each route in four separate trains, with three cars. The maximum capacity would be to carry 6000 people in nine vehicles.

The construction work is expected to be completed by November 2008, and happens to coincide with the Atlantis launch, The Palm Jumeirah.

The Palm Monorail, apart from being the first such system in the region, will also turn out to be a global milestone for the transportation industry.

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