Dutch high-speed rail project

Fluor Corporation has reported that its Fluor Daniel BV unit in the Netherlands will lead a consortium for a contract to design, build, finance and maintain that nation’s first high-speed rail project.

Known as Infraspeed, the consortium also includes Siemens Nederland NV, Siemens Transportation Systems, and Royal BAM NBM NV. The project is estimated to cost USD 1.2 billion. Fluor’s role will be to act as consortium leader of the project, which will include engineering, procurement, finance, construction and maintenance of the system’s assets for the 30-year franchise.

Travelling at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour, passengers travelling between Amsterdam and Brussels, with the option of then continuing on to Paris and London, will benefit through dramatically reduced, yet predictable, travel schedules, officials of both the government and the consortium promised.

Construction of the infrastructure section of the project between Rotterdam and Antwerp is expected to be completed by mid-2005 and between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Rotterdam by the end of 2005.