Riyadh metro construction management 03 Sep 2013
TunnelTalk reporting
Project and construction management contracts totalling US$825 million are awarded for the $22.5 billion six-line Riyadh metro.
Parsons logo Systra logo Egis logo
The Parsons-led Parsons/Systra/Egis joint venture is awarded two packages with a combined value of $560 million to supervise the $9 billion combined construction contract packages of Lines 1 (Blue) and 2 (Green), awarded in July (2013) to the Bechtel–led (USA) consortium that includes Vinci (France), Siemens (Germany), Almabani General Contractors (Saudi Arabia), Consolidated Contractors Company (Saudi Arabia), and engineers AECOM (USA). The management contract also covers supervision of the $5.2 billion construction of Line 3 (Red), also awarded in July 2013 to the Arriyadh New Mobility Consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation (UK and Canada), Ansaldobreda (Italy), Larsen & Toubro Construction (India), Salini-Impregilo (Italy), Nesma & Partners (Saudi Arabia) with designers Hyder Consulting (UK), Worley Parsons (USA) and IDOM (Spain).
Louis Berger logo Hill International logo
The Louis Berger (55%)/Hill International (45%) joint venture is awarded the $265 million package to oversee the $8 billion combined construction contract package of Lines 4 (Orange), 5 (Yellow) and 6 (Purple), awarded to the FAST consortium (led by FCC, comprising Samsung (Korea), Alstom (France), Strukton (The Netherlands), Freyssinet (Saudi Arabia) and engineering companies Typsa (Spain) and Setec (France).
In its statement Hill International confirmed that the extent of underground excavation for Lines 4, 5 and 6 will include 13km of twin-running TBM bored tunnel and 5.5km of mined tunnel alignment.
Fig 1. Lines of the 176km Riyadh Metro network

Fig 1. Lines of the 176km Riyadh Metro network

"We are proud to be working with our colleagues from Parsons on this ground-breaking public transport system for the people of Riyadh," said Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA and Nicolas Jachiet, CEO of EGIS in a joint statement. "This contract recognises the quality of French engineering expertise and technical know-how. Our Joint Venture brings together and combines the expertise of two great French railway engineering companies, and shows how their complementary skills can win contracts of this size and complexity and deliver them in record breaking time."
"This is the largest design-build metro program initiated at one time, and we look forward to contributing to its successful delivery. The world class public transport system will enhance the lives of the people in Riyadh," said Guy Mehula, Parsons MENA (Middle East, North Africa) President.
"We are extremely honored to be working with our partner Louis Berger to manage one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world on behalf of our client ADA," said Raouf S. Ghali, President of Hill Project Management Group (International).
"Our team is privileged and honored to be selected for one of the largest and most ambitious transit programs to ever be conceived," said Jim Stamatis, President of Louis Berger international operation.
Riyadh metro is scheduled be delivered within five years and will comprise 92 stations and 177km of new twin running track; 60km underground, 36km overground and 81km of viaduct sections.
Riyadh metro moves into construction - TunnelTalk, July 2013

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