Saudi Electric wins $390m Makkah metro contract

First phase of $16.5bn project due to be commissioned in 2019

Makkah's metro will help transport residents and pilgrims around the holy city.
Makkah's metro will help transport residents and pilgrims around the holy city.

Makkah officials have penned a $390m (SAR1.45bn) deal with the Saudi Electric Company to connect and supply electricity to the Makkah metro project.

The deal was signed by officials in Makkah on Sunday, with Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, present to supervise, and Makkah mayor Dr Osama Al-Bar and Ziyad Al-Sheeha, CEO of Saudi Electricity Company, also present.

The Makkah Metro project will be built in three phases and has been budgeted at $16.5bn (SAR62bn). The first phase is expected to be commissioned in 2019 at a cost of $6.8bn (SAR25.5bn). It will include two metro lines totalling 45.1 km, with 22 stations. The second five-year stage has a cost of $5.06bn (SAR19bn) while the third phase will cost $4.6bn (SAR 17.5bn) and will be finished within two years. The metro will eventually have four lines, 88 stations and cover 188 km.

Last November, Kuala Lumpur transport agency Prasarana was appointed to provide consultancy services during Phase 1.

The firm will complete preliminary and detailed design reviews for MMRTC, and develop operations and maintenance specifications and service agreements for the appointment of the future operating contractor.


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