January 5 (SeeNews) - Romania’s Metroul and Intergroup Engineering won four contracts worth 7.75 million lei ($1.7 million/1.6 million euro) for feasibility studies for an expansion of the tram infrastructure of Bucharest, mayor Nicusor Dan said on Thursday.
The tram infrastructure is to be expanded by roughly 15 km in order to connect key areas of the city, Dan said in a social media post. Each feasibility study is to be completed within nine months, he added.
Design and consultancy company Metroul won two feasibility contracts worth 5 million lei for 11.7 km of new tram lines and Intergroup Engineering won another two worth 2.7 million lei for 3 km of new lines.
Metroul and Intergroup Engineering were the only two companies to submit bids for the public tender, Dan said in an earlier social media post.
In May, the Bucharest city government announced it is seeking 500 million euro in EU financing to modernise 50 km of tram lines.
In 2021, Metroul booked a net loss of 3.4 million lei, while turning over 13.2 million lei and employing 91 people, latest data from the finance ministry shows.
Intergroup Engineering netted a 1.7 million lei profit in 2021, on a 7 million lei turnover, while employing 39 people.
(1 euro=4.9243 lei)