The contract, which comprises the design and construction of the second section of the project between Santos and Cais de Sodré, will be awarded to ACE, a consortium of engineering firm Mota-Engil and the Portuguese branch of French firm Spie Batignolles.

The contract award follows a public tender launched on March 12 in which ACE emerged as the lowest bidder. The tender also received proposals from Zagope, a consortium of Ramalho Rosa and FCC Construction, and a consortium of Sacyr Somague and Sacyr Neopul.

Work on Lot 2 is scheduled to be carried out over 960 days. The Lot is part of the €210m Yellow and Green Extension project, which will connect the two lines to allow operation of six-car trains at a peak headway of 3min 40s.

Plans for the extension were originally unveiled in 2017, and the new line section was originally scheduled to open in 2021. However, this has since been postponed to 2024.

The Yellow and Green Extension is funded primarily through €127.2m from the Portuguese environmental ministry, with an additional €83m grant from the European Union Cohesion Fund.

It is hoped that the extension will reduce congestion on the city’s roads and improve air quality and energy efficiency, with an estimated reduction of 5000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

The news follows the award of a €48.6m contract for the construction of Lot 1 of the project on May 7 to Zagope Construction and Engineering, Portugal.

Lot 1 comprises the design and construction of an underground section connecting Rato, the present southern terminus of the Yellow Line, with Santos on the Lisbon - Cascais commuter line. Work on the section is currently planned for completion by the end of 2022.

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