The consortium formed by Ineco, the Iranian companies Moshanir and Hexa, and the Italian company Geodata has been awarded the electrification work on the railway line between Tehran and Mashhad, Iran’s two major cities. The call for tender was opened by RAI (The Islamic Republic of Iran Railways). This project will take 42 months to complete and will entail the commissioning of the first high-speed line in the Asian country. The new infrastructure, about 1,000 kilometres long, is expected to cut passenger travel time along this route in half and increase freight transport capacity.

The contract includes the update of civil work projects, electrification and rolling stock, in addition to the drafting of bid conditions and specifications for the works. Furthermore, the consortium will be in charge of monitoring the line renovation work and updates. Iran has started up a development plan to be completed in 2021. Investments in this plan amount to over 350 billion dollars, of which 40 billion will de allocated to air and land transport infrastructure.