Consortium awarded Riyadh Metro contract

1 August 2013

A USD 10bn contract to build and design Lines One and Two of the Riyadh Metro has been awarded. A Bechtel-led consortium has beeb selected for the multi-billion dollar project, the company announced earlier this week.

The consortium received a letter of award from the High Commission for the Development of ArRiyadh for the development of Lines One and Two, which will be part of the six-line metro system that will form the backbone of Riyadh¹s public transportation network. The contract is expected to be finalised in August 2013.

The consortium, which includes Bechtel, Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Company, and Siemens (BACS), will be responsible for the design, construction, train cars, signalling, electrification and integration of the new lines to the system. Line One will run north to south across Riyadh from Olaya to Batha Corridor and Line Two will run east to west along King Abdullah Road. The new lines will feature stations powered by renewable energy and fully automatic trains.

"Bechtel has had the privilege of working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 70 years and we thank the High Commission for the opportunity to continue this legacy," said Peter Dawson, president of Bechtel's civil infrastructure business. "We look forward to working with the High Commission to build Lines One and Two of this landmark metro system, both safely and sustainably. We intend to partner with the local community and businesses, as well as hire and develop Saudi nationals, to successfully deliver this project."