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Saudi Arabia, Hijaz Region - sa/16

High-speed and freight rail

Neom has awarded two contracts for the drill & blast construction of two separate tunnels with a length of 28km dedicated to high-speed and freight rail services as part of the170-km Line project in northwest Saudi Arabia. The Line will be part of the futuristic megacity of Neom, an ambitious project backed by the government with USD 500 billion in funding, which will be built on an area of 26,500 km2 in northwestern Saudi Arabia, between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. It is described as a belt of hyper-connected communities without cars and roads. As well as residential communities built along the rail and infrastructure corridor, the building work plans being considered include a series of connected high-rise mirrored towers.   

The first contract has been awarded to the FCC/CSCEC/SAJCO Joint Venture, whose partners are the Spain’s FCC with the Beijing-based China State Construction Engineering Corporation and the local Shibh al-Jazira Contracting Company (Sajco). 

The second contract has been awarded to the SHA Joint Venture, whose partners are the South Korean contractors Samsung C&T Corporation and Hyundai Engineering & Construction and the Greece’s Archirodon.  

The rock excavated as part of the tunnelling project will be processed for subsequent reuse within the permanent concrete lining of the tunnels and other projects within Neom to ensure minimal impact to natural landscapes.  

Beijing-based China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) was awarded a contract in 2021 for the adits and portals package serving the bored tunnels. Neom is also preparing to tender contracts for the cut and cover tunnel sections of The Line. Visit https://www.ice.it and https://www.neom.com.  24/22. 


Neom has invited selected contractors to submit tenders by 12 June for contracts to complete tunnels that will serve as the railway junction connecting the Spine with the Neom Connector.   

The Spine is the infrastructure corridor running below THE LINE, one of the new cities planned for the NEOM project in the Tabuk region of northwest Saudi Arabia. The NEOM Connector is a planned 60km long infrastructure corridor to connect THE LINE and OXAGON, another region planned for NEOM.  

Known as the Delta Junction, the project involves 26.5 km of tunnelling work that will be split into two lots, one for the north and the other for the south. The works will be completed as five contracts. Each contract involves about 5km of tunnels that will be excavated through hard rock using drill and blast and cut and cover techniques. The prospective bidders for the Delta Junction works include Riyadh-based Al-Ayuni Investments & Contracting, Jeddah-based Almabani, Spain’s Acciona and Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), Beijing-headquartered China Railway Construction Corporation and China State Construction Engineering, Seoul-based Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Samsung C&T, Mumbai-headquartered Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Italy’s WeBuild. The engineering consultant for the project is US-based Aecom.   

Contractors are also preparing to submit tenders for work on the Spine tunnels. The contracts tendered cover the concrete works, known as Type A, and the installation of precast sections, known as Type C. The closing date for both contracts has been extended to 11 May. The Spine is the infrastructure corridor running below the 170-km-long series of 500-m-tall, mirrored buildings known as The Line, running from the Red Sea coast inland towards Tabuk. The local contractors invited to submit offers include Al-Yamama Company, Al-Ayuni Investment & Contracting, Almabani, FMSCO, Shibh al-Jazira Contracting (Sajco), Nesma & Partners and Saudi Pan Kingdom.  

Visit https://www.meed.com/ and https://neom.directory. for further information 17/23. 



Saudi Arabia, Mecca region - sa/15


Rua al-Madinah Holding (RMH) Co, a 100% subsidiary of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), have awarded to China Railway 18th Bureau Group Company the EUR 924.35 million (CNY5bn/USD974 million) contract for the Madinah Tunnel Project. Which includes the AH tunnel, the Ali Bin Abi Talib tunnel, the airport tunnel, a pedestrian bridge and various auxiliary projects near the city of Madinah (Medina) . The total length of the tunnels are about 5 km and the construction period is 42 months.  The project, will enable Al-Amida road to serve as an alternative to the current ring road by expanding the roadway to six lanes, upgrading the Ali bin Abi Taleb traffic tunnel, and connecting Al-Amida to the King Faisal ring road. The consultants working on the project include Canada’s WSP and US-based Parsons. Visit https://english.crcc.cn/ and https://ruaalmadinah.com/ . 24/22.


Saudi Arabia, Mecca - sa/14


Closing Date: 26.05.2014 (Tender Closed)

The Employer, the Development Commission of Makkah and Mashaaer (DCOMM) is inviting  contractors to prequalify, deadline 26.05.2014, for Mecca (or Makkah) Public Transport Program (MPTP or “Program”) Metro Phase 1 Systems Works comprising of the following systems:

1) Track work (including 3rd Rail) for the Mainline and the Depot;

2) Rail Systems, including Rail Systems for Depot , to include Medium and Low Voltage Power Supply, Traction Power Supply, Signalling,  Telecommunication, AFC (Automatic Fare Collection), PSD (Platform Screen Doors) & SDO (Segregation Doors), ICS (Integrated Control System) & OCC (Operation and Control Center);

3) Architectural Works and Fit-Out for Stations, OCC, Headquarters, Depot and Various Ancillary Buildings

4) MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) for Stations, OCC, Headquarters, Depot and Various Ancillary Buildings and Tunnels

4) Overall System Integration

MPTP Metro Phase 1 consists of Section 1 and Section 2. Section 1, mostly underground, is about metro Line B and the northwestern part of metro Line C. Section 1 comprises 24.8 km of guideway and 12 stations. Section 2, above ground, is in southeastern part of metro Line C. Section 2 comprises 20.3 km of guideway and 10 stations, together with the Depot (civil shell and core).

The MPTP Metro Phase 1 Metro Works will be procured on a design-build basis under four separate contracts. For application submission purposes contact Development Commission of Makkah and Mashaaer, MMRTC Office, Makkah Al Mukarramah, att.n Managing Director of Makkah Public Transport Program and CEO of Makkah Mass Rail Transit Company, tel + 966 12 567 3987, e-mail Metro@makkahtransit.org. Visit woth http://makkahtransit.com/Attachments/FINAL%20PQD%20for%20System%20Works%20-%2023%20March%202014%20Rev%2000.pdf. 13/14.



The consortium Isolux Corsan (Spain), Kolin Insaat Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret (Turkey) and Haif Company (Saudi Arabia) has been appointed as preferred bidder to build lines B and C of the Makkah Metro project, value EUR2.3 billion. Mecca Metro will begin the negotiation with the consortium with a view to signing the contract in the next few months.

The 11.9 km-long Line B section will include the construction of three stations. The 13 km-long Line C section will include the construction of six stations and two big interchange stations.

The contract includes the construction  of stations and interchange stations with civil works, access ramps, grand roofs, canopies, and tunnels. Tunnels are divided in the different sections according to different construction methods : 19,616 m by drill/blast, 8,740 m by TBM and 4,105 m in cut/cover. The project will include more than 1,175 m of viaducts and pedestrian underpasses. Click here for more. Visit http://makkahtransit.org/. 30/15.


Saudi Arabia, Riyadh - sa/13


Closing Date: 26.06.2012 (Tender Closed)

Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) invites international consortia to prequalify, deadline 20.06.2012, for a turnkey contract to design, build and equip Phase 1 of the Riyadh light metro, with an option to maintain the three-lines 92 km-long network. Design has so far only been completed for lines 1 and 2, which have an estimated cost of EUR3.6 billion.

Companies that prequalify will be invited to bid on 20.07.2012, with submissions due by end-October. ADA plans to award the contract in mid-January 2013, and the first section of the light metro must open by the end of 2016. The metro will include a mixture of underground, at grade and elevated construction. Line 1 will be 24 km-long, Line 2 will be 26 km-long, and Line 3 will be 42 km-long. Phase 2 will add another three lines to the network, but their alignment has not yet been defined. Prequalification application forms available by e-mail from metro@arriyadh.net. Visit www.arriyadh.net. 24/12.


The following three consortia submitted technical and financial offers for a turnkey contract to design, build and equip Phase 1 of the Riyadh light metro: Consortium 1, leader Vinci Construction (France) with Siemens (Germany), Almabani General Contractors (Saudi Arabia), Consolidated Contractors Company (Saudi Arabia), Aecom (USA); Consortium 2, leader Bombardier (Canada) with Al Rajhi Holding Group (Saudi Arabia), YAPI Merkezi Insaat (Turkey), Obrascon Huarte Lain (Spain), Al Arrab Contracting Co (Saudi Arabia), Shibh Al Jazira Contracting Co (Saudi Arabia), GS Engineering and Construction (Korea), Freyssinet Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia), Serco Group (UK), Mott Macdonald (UK), Parsons Brinckerhoff Arabia (Saudi Arabia); Consortium 3, leader FCC Construccion SA (Spain) with Alstom Transport SA (France), Samsung C&T Corporation (Korea), Alpine (Austria), Strukton Civiel Projecten BV (The Netherlands), SETEC (France), Tecnica Y Proyectos (Spain). Visit www.arriyadh.net. 24/13.


The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) awarded to three international consortia the design and build contracts for the Riyadh Public Transport Project (RPTP), involving 6 electric driverless lines with a total length of 176 km and 85 stations.

The ArRiyadh New Mobility (ANM) consortium awarded the construction of the Line 3 (red) in Riyadh, including two large stations landmark "Qasr Al Hokom" and "Western Station". The line will run 40.7 km from Madina Al Munawara to Amir Saad bin Abdul Rahman Al Awal Road. The winning consortium is formed by Salini-Impregilo (Italy), Larsen & Toubro (India) and Nesma (Saudi Arabia) for the civil works, Ansaldo STS (Italy) for the technological part and Bombardier (Canada) for the supply of vehicles. The contract is valued at EUR 3.9 billion (USD5,211,926,731).

The BACS consortium, headed by Bechtel (USA) and including Almabani General Contractors (Saudi Arabia), Consolidated Contractors Company, and Siemens (Germany) will be responsible for the design, construction, train cars, signalling, electrification and integration of Line 1 and Line 2 with a total distance of 63.3 km. Line 1 (blue) will run north to south across Riyadh from Olaya to Batha Corridor and Line 2 (green) will run east to west along King Abdullah Road. The contract is valued at EUR 7.1 billion (USD9,447,067,500).

The FAST consortium, leaded by FCC Construccion (Spain) and including Samsung (Korea), Alstom (France), Strukton (The Netherlands), Freyssinet Saudi Arabia and engineering companies Typsa (Spain) and Setec (France) will deliver Line 4 (orange), Line 5 (yellow) and Line 6 (purple) that covers a total distance of 72.5 km. The consortium will use three TBMs to build tunnels almost 10 m in diameter for the three lines. The contract is valued at EUR 5.9 billion (USD7,819,320,950).

Work will begin on the design of the metro project immediately and construction will begin in the first quarter of 2014. Visit  http://www.arriyadh.com/Eng and http://riyadhmetro.com/. 31/13.


The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) in Saudi Arabia has announced the two winning international consortia who will oversee the design and construction of Riyadh's new metro system. The metro network features six lines with a total length of approximately 176 km and driverless trains.

Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants, a JV between US firm Parsons and French firms Egis and Systra, has been awarded the first project and construction management contract.

RMTC will be responsible for managing metro lines 1, 2 and 3. These lines will be designed and built by the BACS and Arriyadh New Mobility group consortia. Value of contract EUR420 million.

Riyadh Advanced Metro Project Execution and Delivery (RAMPED), a JV between Louis Berger and Hill International, was awarded the second contract to manage metro lines 4, 5 and 6. These lines will be designed and built by the FAST consortium. Value of contract EUR199 million. Visit http://riyadhmetro.com and www.arriyadh.com/eng/ada/. 37/13.


Saudi Arabia, Mecca - sa/12


Seven drill rigs supplied by Atlas Copco for the construction of four motorway tunnels to ease the movement of the millions of pilgrims who visit Mecca every year. The four tunnels, which total 2,930 m in length, pass beneath Mecca. As part of this project, RIO Trading & Contracting Co. has landed a USD42.1 million contract for the King Khalid bridge/El-Muayssem road expansion, including the extension of the El-Muayssem Road by 400 m and the construction of two 830 m-long horseshoe-shaped vehicular tunnels, the two largest tunnels. RIO has subcontracted the tunnel works to Turkey's STFA for USD26 milllion. Subscribe to E-News Weekly 40/2004. The other two tunnels have been built by Sargin Ekol Asdem, also of Turkey, with its local Arabic partner Alawi Tunsi Establishment. Visit www.atlascopco.com, www.boomer-rig.com and www.stfa.com 05/05.


Saudi Arabia, Riyadh - sa/11


  Herrenknecht announced that it has delivered a total of six complete microtunnelling systems for constructing oil and gas pipelines in Riyadh, Damman and East Saudian. Contact through www.herrenknecht.com April 2000.