Mitsui & Ohmi Bid for Chennai Metro Phase 2’s HH Rail Contract

Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Ohmi Industries Ltd. on Wednesday emerged as the only bidders for Chennai Metro line 3 & 5’s head-hardened rail contract after Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) opened technical bids.

These special tracks will be 60E1 – 1080 grade as per Indian Railway Specification T-12-2009, and manufactured through a special heat treatment process to provide additional strength, lower residual stress, elongate track-life and minimize maintenance.

Both these new lines of Chennai Metro’s 118.9 km Phase 2 project will run in a north-south orientation to connect Madhavaram – SIPCOT (45.813 km Line-3) and Madhavaram – Sholinganallur (47 km Line-5) with a mix of elevated & underground stations.

CMRL invited tenders for this track contract, financed by JICA, in August 2021 with a Rs. 88.1 crore estimate and 1632 day (4.47 year) delivery deadline.

Scope: Supply of 60E1 Profile, 1080 Grade (Head Hardened) Rails Conforming to IRS T-12-2009 (with latest amendments for CMRL Phase-II Project for Corridor 3&5.

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I don’t believe Ohmi has ever supplied to any Indian metro project. Mitsui has supplied 10,600 metric tonnes of head hardened rails to Ahmedabad Metro’s Phase 1 project, and is currently delivering to Bangalore Metro’s Phase 2 project.

I’m surprised Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) didn’t bid for this contract. Most likely their internal ROI calculations didn’t see any substantial benefit. They’re the only Indian rail manufacturer capable of producing these special tracks from their Raigarh plant. Their most recent win was in 2020 for delivering 2,308 tonnes of HH rails to Kolkata Metro’s Line-2.

Anyhow, both Mutsui & Ohmi’s bids have now been sent for technical bid evaluation which can take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely supplier.

A list of all Chennai Metro Phase 2 civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.

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16 Responses to "Mitsui & Ohmi Bid for Chennai Metro Phase 2’s HH Rail Contract"

  1. Clevin Gomes says:

    TMRG, I’ve heard that MMRDA has Invited Bids to conduct Geo-technical Surveys for Rai Murdhe Depot of Mumbai Metro Red Line (Line7,7A&9). Can u please check it out for us.

    • TMRG says:

      Yup! 30 day completion deadline. Technical bids to open Feb 28.

      It’s low value, so won’t be tracking.

      • Clevin Gomes says:

        Oh I see. So it means that Villagers are now Agree to give land for the Depot. As per previous update. They were opposing the project due to improper compensation and Rehabilitation package. So it looks like MMRDA has agreed to fulfill their Demands to give proper compensation and Rehabilitation package for affected people for the project.
        And MMRDA will also built Rai Murdhe Depot Metro stn beside Depot probably At-Grade

  2. Rupraj Sengupta says:

    Jindal has supplied to kolkata metro line 3also installed by rahee!

  3. Fav says:

    1)What Happened to madurai metro did they open Financial bid for preparing Detailed
    Feasibility report?
    2)What Happened to Coimbatore Metro when they will submit Detailed project report to tamilnadu government?

  4. The Indian Railway Guy says:

    My goodness, Chennai’s just racing ahead in the metro game. BMRCL, where you at?

  5. JSR Murthy says:

    Good fast decision for processing Chennai Metro

  6. The Indian Railway Guy says:

    @TMRG, I have a request. Will you be able to track the tendering and manufacturing process of the new Vande Bharat trains announced by IR recently? I believe Titagarh, Medha and a few others have expressed interest. It’s another big-ticket project, which I don’t think is gonna be very different from the stuff you follow already.

  7. Pawanjeet Singh Chadha says:

    If you would go through the Tender Terms, you would find that the reason only Mitsui and Ohmi Participated was because the tender was called for Rails with a substantial Japanese Content.


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