Bechtel consortium confirms $10bn Riyadh Metro win

Firm teams up with Almabani, CCC and Siemens for lines 1 and 2

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The company is leading a consortium that includes Saudi contractor Almabani, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Siemens to deliver the project and is expected to formally sign the contract next month.

The consortium will be responsible for the design, construction, rolling stock, signalling, electrification and integration of lines one and two.

Line 1 will run from north to south across Riyadh from Olaya to Batha Corridor, while Line 2 will run from East to West along King Abdullah Road.

Peter Dawson, president of Bechtel’s civil infrastructure business, said: "Bechtel has had the privilege of working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 70 years and we thank the High Commission for the opportunity to continue this legacy. We look forward to working with the High Commission to build Lines 1 and 2 of this landmark metro system, both safely and sustainably."

He added: "We intend to partner with the local community and businesses, as well as hire and develop Saudi nationals, to successfully deliver this project.”

The chairman of Almabani General Contractors, Nehme Tohmé, added: “We are honored to be part of this team taking this challenge to build two of the six metro lines in the city of Riyadh and we shall endeavor to meet the High Commission’s expectations.

“We shall spare no efforts and no resources to ensure together with our partners that this iconic project is a success in all its aspects.”

The president of CCC's engineering & construction arm, Samer S Khoury, added: "CCC is proud to be part of this prestigious project in Riyadh. Throughout its history in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, CCC has been honored to be a part of various monumental projects such as Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University for Women and the University of Petroleum and Minerals. This tradition continues with the award of Package 1 of the Riyadh Metro Project."

The CEO of Siemens' mobility and logistics arm, Sami Atiya, added that he was "pleased that Riyadh has decided in favour of Siemens technology for the world’s largest metro project."

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