Chinese company wins million-kronor bid to help expand Stockholm metro

Chinese company wins million-kronor bid to help expand Stockholm metro
A map of what the new metro system will look like. Photo: Region Stockholm
A Chinese company has won a procurement contract to take part in preparatory work to construct Stockholm's new metro lines – the biggest investment in the Swedish capital's public transport in more than four decades.

China Railway Tunnel Group (CRTG) has won one of the first procurement contracts for Stockholm's planned expansion of its metro, reports business newssite Dagens industri.

The bid landed at 276 million kronor ($28 million) for three tunnels that will be used by construction workers, which bosses for the project by Region Stockholm argue is a sensible price level.

However, the CEO of runner-up Subterra Sverige, Patrick Marelius, told Dagens industri it was far below cost price. According to him it would be impossible to carry out the work for that money, and he criticized that a Chinese state-owned company should compete in the Swedish tunnel market.

But Bergman said he had no concerns about it, nor about a Chinese company posing a security risk.

“We haven't evaluated that. We have evaluated based on qualification requirements and price and we have evaluated all entrepreneurs in an equal way,” he told Dagens industri.

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The revamp of Stockholm's underground with 20 kilometres of new tracks and 11 new stations is the city's biggest investment in public transport since the 1970s and includes among other things a new line – yellow – added to the blue, red and green lines. Total construction time is expected to take up to eight years.

Stockholm expects to procure more than 30 major contracts over the next few years.

Vocabulary

China – Kina

Chinese – kinesisk

procurement – upphandling

underground/metro – tunnelbana/metro

tracks – spår

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