Overseas Projects

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East / Southeast Asia

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East / Southeast Asia2005
Project Name:
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System Construction Project
R.O.C (Taiwan) government
In January 2006, a consortium formed by Marubeni Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd. signed the contracts to supply the railway system and construct depots for the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System (hereinafter referred to as “Airport Line”).The Airport Line started its commercial operations in March 2017.
The Airport Line is the first airport link railway in Taiwan with 51 km length and 21 stations connecting Taipei City and Zhongli District via Taoyuan International Airport in which more than 40 million passengers use per year. The Airport Line is also the first railway in Taiwan that serves mixed operations of commuter trains and express trains. It is expected to shorten travel time for residents along the Airport Line, and also to alleviate traffic congestion. Passengers can further enjoy the in-town check-in services in the city of Taipei, which provides convenience to move without heavy luggage.
In this project, Marubeni was responsible for total project coordination, the sub system of signaling communication system and track work. Kawasaki Heavy Industries was responsible for the EMU (Electric Multiple Unit),and Hitachi was responsible for the power system.
バンコク パープルライン 鉄道建設プロジェクト
East / Southeast Asia2013
Project Name:
Bangkok Purple Line Railway Construction Project
Bangkok, Thailand
Ch. Karnchang
In 2013, Marubeni Corporation and Toshiba Corporation established a joint venture and signed contracts covering the entire E&M system of the Purple Line, an urban railway in Bangkok, Thailand. The Purple Line started its commercial operation on August 6, 2016 and has been used as an important commuter service connecting the suburban communities and central Bangkok.
The Purple Line is a 23-km mass transit railway line which runs from the northern part of Bangkok to the northwestern region. Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand utilized Japanese Yen Loan partly to have this project realized. The Purple Line improved traffic flows and also alleviate congestion on routes between central Bangkok and Nonthaburi provinces, where population density has been increasing with its economic growth.
Marubeni and Toshiba has been supplying the railway system, including rolling stock, signaling and control systems, power , and telecommunication equipment through the joint venture. Also, it is performing maintenance services for 10 years through the SPC founded with the East Japan Railway Company.
East / Southeast Asia2019
Project Name:
Manila Light Rail Transit Line 2 East Extension Project
Manila, Philippines
Philippine Department of Transportation
Marubeni Corporation, together with D.M. Consunji Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “DMCI”), a major construction company in the Philippines, signed a contract with the Philippine Department of Transportation for Manila Light Rail Transit Line 2 (hereinafter referred to as “LRT-2”) East Extension Project (for an extension of 4 km and 2 additional stations). The construction began in July 2019 and LRT-2 started its commercial operation in July 2021.
Marubeni, as the consortium leader, was responsible for controlling the entire project and the supplying of the railway system including signaling, telecommunication, and power transformation and distribution. DMCI was responsible for the installation of the railway system and the supply and construction of trackwork. This project is a part of the Capacity Enhancement of Mass Transit Systems in Metro Manila Project, using a loan from the Government of Japan, It contributes to the mitigation of traffic congestion in Metro Manila where it has been getting more serious, and also helps with the efforts for the reduction of air pollution and against climatic variation.
LRT-2 line is a 13.8-kilometer elevated metro line with 11 stations connecting to the east and west of Metro Manila. The project with the railway system package for LRT-2 line including rolling stock and rails was ordered to Marubeni in 2000 and completed in 2004. In more than 25 years, Marubeni has built an excellent track record of railway projects in the Philippines, such as the improvement and modernization of Commuter Line South Project, the Metro Manila Light Rail Transit Line 1 Capacity Expansion Project – Phase 1 and Phase 2 Package B, and the Metro Manila Strategic Mass Rail Transit Development (Line 2). Dhaka MRT Line 6 Development Project for Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited.

Southwest Asia

Southwest Asia2018
Project Name:
Dhaka MRT Line 6 Development Project for Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited
Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited
Marubeni Corporation and Larsen & Toubro Limited (hereinafter referred to as “L&T”), one of the largest engineering and construction companies in India, jointly signed a lump-sum contract for the supply of the electrical and mechanical railway systems for Dhaka MRT Line 6 by Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited and started the construction in July 2018.
This contract consists of the design, procurement, installation work, testing, commissioning, and maintenance support of Track Work, Electrification, Signaling, Communication, Platform Screen Doors, Automatic Fare Collection, Lifts, and Escalators.
As the population of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, has grown to exceed 15 million as the result of the city’s economic growth, chronic traffic congestion and air pollution are becoming increasingly serious issues and impeding on the further growth of Dahka’s economy.
To solve urgent issues like these, Line-6 project was started as the first urban railway project in Bangladesh and was fully funded by Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA). This Line is composed of 20 km of elevated tracks with 16 stations, stretching from the north to the south of Dhaka city.

Middle East

Middle East2005
Project Name:
Construction of Monorail in Palm Jumeirah Island, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Marubeni Corporation formed an all-Japan team with Hitachi, Ltd., Nippon Signal Co., Ltd., OMRON Corporation, and Obayashi Corporation, and signed a full turnkey contract with Nakheel, an UAE's state-owned developer in Dubai, for the supplying of straddle-beam monorail in Palm Jumeirah Island in 2005. Hitachi was responsible for supplying rolling stock, signaling/telecommunication/electrical transformation systems, platform doors, and depot maintenance equipment. Nippon Signal was responsible for signaling , while Omron provided automatic ticket gates and automatic ticket vending machines. Obayashi was responsible for civil engineering and construction. The line started its commercial operation in April 2008 just 3 years after the contract. The monorail is still being given prominence as a symbol for those who visits Palm Jumeirah Island.
Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a fully autonomous straddle-beam monorail that is 5.4 km in length and has 4 stations, which was constructed as the first rail transit system in UAE. Straddle-beam monorails are popular in Japan, but there was little track record of those being constructed overseas. This project became the first full-scale export of the straddle-beam monorail developed in Japan. The monorail also adopted fully autonomous operation and long-span continuous girder bridges, considering the environment in Dubai and the landscape of the island. Additionally, the escape pathways that were installed between the girders and the spiral chutes that were installed for escaping from the cars have made Palm Jumeirah Monorail the most safest and landscape-friendly in the world.

Latin America

Latin America2012
Project Name:
Train Supply for Venezuelan Railways
Venezuelan Railways
Marubeni Corporation, in collaboration with Nippon Sharyo, Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation, signed a contract with Venezuelan Railways to supply 13 train sets consisting of 52 cars for the suburban railway in 2012, and completed the supply in 2015. Toshiba is responsible for the electric control equipment while Nippon Sharyo is to manufacture and assemble the cars. The contract was to supply the completed-set cars.
Following two previous order contracts in 1992 and 2004 from Venezuelan Railways, Marubeni, as a member of an international consortium with Italian and Venezuelan companies, had already provided 13 train sets (consisting of 52 cars) manufactured by Nippon Sharyo and Toshiba for the suburban 42 km railway connecting the capital Caracas with the satellite city of Cua, which started its commercial operation in 2006. Marubeni also had supplied maintenance equipment for depots, signaling and telecommunication equipment, service-related station facilities, and spare parts. This project was to supply additional 13 train sets (consisting of 52 cars) for the same railway. Marubeni’s high-level of competence in equipment procurement, project management, and financial arrangement, as well as Nippon Sharyo and Toshiba’s excellence in design and technological advances and the excellent performance of their cars were highly valued by the customer and led to the additional order.
Latin America2016
Project Name:
ATS System for Suburban Railway Network of Buenos Aires
Administración de Infraestructuras Ferroviárias Sociedad del Estado
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (“JBIC”) and Argentinian Government have signed a Loan Agreement on May, 2017 to provide a financial loan for a contract between Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”) and Argentinian Railway (Administración de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias S. E., “ADIF”) to supply an ATS (Automatic Train Stop) system to the suburban railway network of Buenos Aires. Marubeni completed the supply of the ATS system manufactured by Nippon Signal Co., Ltd. for the 280 trains for the suburban lines in 2019.
Marubeni had a track record of supplying ATS systems in 1981 and 2015, both times for the Roca Line, which has a large number of passengers. These had contributed to the safe operation of the railway for more than 30 years. With this new ATS system installed across the whole suburban network, the safety and the accuracy of railway operations have been improved. The ATS system is also expected to eventually lead to the alleviation of chronic traffic jams in Buenos Aires and the improvement of people’s lives.

*1: ATS = Automatic Train Stop
Railway signaling system which applies brakes automatically to stop the train from collision
Marubeni Power & Infrastructure Systems Corporation