28 Sep 2009
Country: Saudi Arabia
Project Type: Mega Projects
From: Q3 2013 Estimated To: Q1 2018 Estimated
The project calls for construction of Riyadh Metro. The metro includes six different lines with 85 stations will serve the Saudi capital using driverless trains. The total length of the metro is 176km, around half of which will be underground. The project is expected to employ 45,000 people.
The project calls for construction of Riyadh Metro. The first phase will extend from the northern side of the ring road to Al Olayya and Al Batha streets up to the southern ring road at the Public Transport terminal. The second phase will involve a 14 km route extending from the eastern side of the ring road across King Abdul Aziz Road up to King Khalid Road in the west. It is expected that the first phase of the project will cover 30 districts. There will be 34 main passenger stations.
The main construction contract was awarded to several contractors. in July 2013. Project is expected to be completed in 2019.
In July 2013, the Saudi government announced $23.5bn of contracts, broken into three parts. American construction giant Bechtel Corp heads a group which won a $9.45 billion contract to build lines 1 and 2, and most of the track will be mainly underground. Its partners include Germany\'s Siemens Aktiengesellschaft and US-based AECOM. Line 3, the longest at 40.7km, will be built by the Salini Impregilo Group leader of an international consortium, which includes Ansaldo STS (Italy), Bombardier (Canada), Larsen & Toubro (India) and the local Saudi contractor Nesma. A consortium led by Spain\'s Fomento de Construcciones Y Contratas, and including France\'s Alstom Transport, which will supply the rolling stock, and South Korea\'s Samsung C&T Corp, won a $7.82 billion contract for lines 4, 5 and 6, which includes 25 stations. The contract is the biggest construction award for a Spanish company. Project is expected to be completed within five years.
Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Emir of Riyadh region announced that plans are under way to build Riyadh Metro. Routes, detailed designs and engineering for Riyadh Metro are ready and awaiting budget allocation.
In 2004, the French consulting firm Semaly and the Middle East engineering firm Dar Al-Handasah were granted the contract, which covers the preliminary measures for the construction of Riyadh Metro. Contract duration is fourteen-month period.
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