NouvLR finalises contract for light rail transit network in Canada


Canadian construction firm Aecon Group has announced that NouvLR General Partnership (NouvLR) has finalised a $5bn EPC contract with CDPQ Infra (CDPQ Infra), a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, for the the Réseau express métropolitain (REM).

NouvLR is a consortium consisting of Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée, Dragados Canada, EBC, Pomerleau, and SNC-Lavalin Major Projects.

Aecon has a 24% share in the project, which will add $1.2bn to the company’s backlog in the second quarter of 2018.

REM is an automated, electric light rail transit network, which includes 67km of double tracks, 3.5km of tunnels, 26 new accessible stations and park-and-ride facilities with associated bus terminals.

REM will be integrated into existing public transit networks in Montreal, creating a connected transit system that will link downtown Montreal, the South Shore, West Island, North Shore and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Early works are already underway and construction is expected to start later in 2018.

Aecon Group president and CEO John Beck said: “This critical addition to the Greater Montreal Area represents another big step in Canada’s unprecedented transit build-out.

“This contract illustrates Aecon’s proven reputation delivering first-rate transit solutions and underscores the strong backlog of our infrastructure segment.

“Aecon is pleased to work with our valued partners on this historic, world-class project that will expand Montreal’s transit network, reduce commute times and bring communities closer to each other.”

In February 2018, Aecon had announced that NouvLR has been selected by CDPQ Infra as the preferred proponent for the REM.

Following the selection, Beck said that the project is a key component of Canada’s unprecedented transit build-out and a transformational project for the Greater Montreal Area.

He said: “For Aecon, this is another historic selection that confirms our strong position in the transit sector. We are pleased to be working together with our partners on the full design and construction scope of this world-class project.”

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