Thales bags Saudi railway maintenance contract
The maintenance contract includes the corrective activities as well as predictive maintenance, which will enable rail operators to fix assets before they fail
Global technology company Thales has been awarded a one-year renewable maintenance contract for the 2,400 km lines – mineral and passenger - of the North South Railway project, crossing Saudi Arabia.
The contract win demonstrates the trust relationship built with Saudi Railway Company over years of collaboration to deploy the complete transportation systems on the line.
The maintenance contract includes the corrective activities as well as predictive maintenance, which will enable rail operators to fix assets before they fail. Asset performance will be constantly improved for a better service and an optimised cost of the infrastructure. This maintenance contract is extendable in the coming years.
The North-South Railway (NSR) project in Saudi Arabia is the world's largest railway construction and the longest route to adopt the European signaling system (ETCS level 2).
The project involves construction of a single 2,400 km track, sidings, yards, depots, stations, and administrative facilities, to create a line that has its origin in Riyadh, in the northwest of the country, to Al Haditha, near the border with Jordan.
The freight line, 1,486 km from Al Jalamid (phosphate belt) to Az Zabirah (bauxite belt), is now operational since November 2015.
The 1,418 km passenger line from Riyadh to Haditha will be operational by the end of 2016.