Parsons-led group to supervise Riyadh Metro build
Firm teams up with Systra and Egis for $562m deal for lines 1, 2 and 3
A consortium led by US engineering consultancy Parsons has secured a Euro 425m ($562m) deal to project manage three of the six lines being built under the $23.5bn Riyadh Metro project.
The consortium, which also includes French consultancies Systra and Egis Rail, will oversee the Bechtel-led consortium delivering the $10bn package for lines 1 and 2, as well as the BACS consortium building Line 3 that includes Ansaldo, Salini Impregilo and Bombardier.
In a joint statement, Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA and Nicolas Jachiet, CEO of EGIS said: “We are proud to be working with our colleagues from Parsons on this ground-breaking public transport system for the people of Riyadh.
"This contract recognises the quality of French engineering expertise and technical know-how. Our joint venture brings together and combines the expertise of two great French railway engineering companies, and shows how their complementary skills can win contracts of this size and complexity and deliver them in record-breaking time.”
The project is set to start on site next year and take five years to deliver, with the system becoming operational in 2019. It is the world's biggest transport construction project.
The consortium was appointed by Arriyadh Development Authority.