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Saudi Arabia awards AC contract for $23bn Riyadh Metro stations

British firm Airedale nabs $1.26m deal to cool Saudi megaproject's 85 stations

The under-construction Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia is worth $23bn (SAR86.3bn), and is due for soft launch this year.
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The under-construction Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia is worth $23bn (SAR86.3bn), and is due for soft launch this year.

British manufacturing firm Airedale International Air Conditioning has been awarded a contract to supply air-conditioning systems for Saudi Arabia’s under-construction Riyadh Metro, which is valued at $23bn (SAR86.3bn).

Airedale’s $1.26m contract entails the delivery of specialised precision air-conditioning units – a product it specialises in, particularly for use in data centres.

The UK-based company will deliver the ‘EasiCool’ line’s units to cool the 176km-long Riyadh Metro’s 85 stations, which are distributed across six colour-coded lines.

Commenting on the contract, Airedale’s export sales manager, Asim Ansari, reportedly said that the company’s Dubai office launch in 2014 has allowed it to “strengthen partnerships in the region”, such as with Temco, Setra, and the Bacs Consortium – the latter of which is among the contractors of Riyadh Metro.

“The made-in-Britain pedigree carries a lot of influence in the UAE, as in many other countries,” Ansari continued, according to The Yorkshire Post.

“UK-engineered goods have become synonymous with the highest quality and continued technical innovation.

“Exports now make up around 30% of our sales at Airedale and we have been growing our presence in the Middle East over the last few years,” he continued.

Sections of Riyadh Metro are slated for soft launch this year, and in November 2018, naming rights were handed “to a number of major economic entities” such as Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group and UAE-headquartered Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Malls Co to name some of the 85 stations that make up Riyadh Metro.

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