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Bechtel busy on eight-month Riyadh Metro design

on Feb 7, 2014

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Bechtel is currently working on an eight month design period as part of the $22.5bn six-line Riyadh Metro network.

The contracts for the biggest metro construction project in the world were announced in July last year and Bechtel received its notice to proceed in November.

Following the design period the company will start work on a four-year construction element, which will be followed by a four-month testing and commissioning period ahead of the metro opening in 2019.

The metro project is being carried out by three consortiums overlooked by two project management groups.

The Bechtel-led group, containing Consolidated Contractors Corp (CCC), Almabani Contractors and Siemens, has the biggest deal for lines 1 and 2, containing 42 of the network’s 85 stations, including the main KAFD stop.

“It’s one of the biggest EPC contracts Bechtel has had in its history,” the company’s EMEA president, David Welch, told Construction Week