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DSB has awarded a DKr641m contract to MT Højgaard Danmark for construction of the first of two dedicated maintenance depots to support the fleet of inter-city EMUs on order from Alstom.
The København depot is to be developed on the site of the capital’s former goods station close to the central station. The project encompasses a 11 500 m2 maintenance workshop, a wheel lathe shop, administration buildings for DSB staff and associated technical facilities.
Groundbreaking is due to take place in January 2022, with the depot scheduled to be ready for use in the spring of 2024. A second facility is to be built in the Århus area to maintain the EMUs operating on the western side of the network.
Maintenance of the Coradia Stream EMUs is to be undertaken by Alstom as part of the €1·4bn firm order for 100 units signed in June. This provides for an initial 15 years of maintenance, although the framework contract includes options allowing DSB to extend the maintenance agreement up to 40 years.
‘This is just one of many steps towards the goal of making DSB CO2 neutral by 2030’, said DSB CEO Flemming Jensen when the depot contract was signed on September 2.
‘One of the biggest steps was when we signed a contract with Alstom to buy up to 150 electric trains, and this is the first of two workshops that will repair and maintain them. We have high ambitions for the workshop, which we will aim to get certified to the DGNB gold sustainability standard.’
‘We have a strategy to work closely with developers in early partnerships, so that we can contribute with construction expertise during the design’, explained Carsten Lund, CEO of MT Højgaard Denmark. ‘This has been the case for Godsbanegården in København, and we are delighted that we can now move from design to full contract. The project is a true collaboration, where client, contractor and consultant sit together, and we have full transparency about finances, opportunities and challenges all the way.’
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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