O&M contract awarded for Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Metro
Camco, a joint venture of RATP Dev and Saudi Public Transport Company has won Arriyadh Development Authority's 12-year contract for Lines 1 and 2 of the project
A contract has been awarded by Saudi Arabia’s Arriyadh Development Authority to deliver operations and maintenance (O&M) services for Lines 1 and 2 of Riyadh Metro. Capital Metro Company (Camco) – a joint venture of RATP Group’s RATP Dev and Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) – has won the deal, which spans 12 years and includes mobilisation.
Line 1, also known as Blue Line, on the Al-Olaya-Al Batha corridor spans 39km and includes 25 station. Line 2, known as Red Line, runs parallel to King Abdullah Road for 25km, with 15 stations.
Camco will deliver O&M services such as metro operation, security, passenger assistance, and facility management through its contract. Its scope also includes the maintenance of buildings – stations, park and rides, depots, and so on – as well as the transit system, which comprises trains, signalling, telecommunication, power supply, and passenger information, among other aspects.
As part of the contract by Arriyadh Development Authority, Camco must meet a minimum Saudisation target of 45%, and at least 55% of its work must feature local content for the supplies and services it delivers, in addition to on-the-ground logistics support.
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In a statement, Camco said its contract will allow it to offer job positions such as civil, mechanical, electrical, and telecommunication engineering for both Saudi men and women, in addition to vocational positions such as special technician, customer service and ticket sales, and security.
Riyadh Metro is part of the King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport, which comprises an integrated metro and bus network. The metro network includes six lines across 176km with 85 metro stations, and among other locales, connect King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District.
RATP Dev is working with SAPTCO in a long-term partnership on public transport projects in Saudi Arabia, included within which is the Riyadh Bus network’s contract that was awarded to their joint venture, Public Transportation Company, in 2014.
Laurence Battle, chief executive officer of RATP Dev, is leading these endeavours.
Commenting on the latest contract win, Catherine Guillouard, chairwoman and chief executive officer of RATP Group, said: “The group is delighted and honoured to be awarded these high profile and prestigious projects by ADA, based on the growing confidence we have developed in our working relationship.
“Saudi Arabia is a key public transport market in the region and Riyadh Metro is a unique and iconic public transport project in the Middle East.”