Today we found out the winners of the Riyadh Metro Project. The last five months have been an excruciatingly long wait to find out which group won. My two favourite industries are construction and finance. The Riyadh Metro, the world’s largest public transport system in development and with a $20 billion+ budget, is like a dream project!
The four consortia that qualified from the preliminary round are the following –
• Vinci Construction (France) – the consortium leader.
• Siemens (Germany).
• Almabani General Contractors (Saudi Arabia).
• Consolidated Contractors Company (Saudi Arabia).
• AECOM (USA).
• Bombardier (Canada) – the consortium leader.
• 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 (Britain).
• Mott Macdonald LTD (England).
• Parsons Brinckerhoff Arabia (Saudi Arabia).
• FCC Construccion SA (Spain) – the consortium leader.
• Alstom Transport SA (France).
• Samsung C&T Corporation (Korea).
• Alpine (Austria).
• Strukton Civiel Projecten BV (The Netherlands).
• SETEC (France).
• Tecnica Y Proyectos (Spain).
• STRABAG Group (Austria) – the consortium leader
• Ansaldo STS (Italy).
• Ansaldobreda (Italy)
• Staedtler (Switzerland).
• BESIX SA (Belgium).
• Ali Al Swailem Group – MASCO (Saudi Arabia).
• Larsen & Toubro (India).
• Hyder Consulting (United Kingdom).
• Worley Parsons (USA).
• IDOM (Spain).
Unless you’ve worked with global companies/large billion dollar projects before, it’s really difficult to explain the complexity and the hard work that goes behind such projects. There is a lot of re-shuffling, late nights, early mornings and countless revisions of contractual agreements. Such was the complexity for one company, they pulled out of the project despite pre-qualifiying. The deadline to submit bids had to be extended a few times, which is extremely nerve-racking, especially when you feel that your group has done the best possible job with their bid.
Think back to your days at school when you had to submit projects or essays with a deadline, but now imagine your teacher keeps extending the deadline. Eventually, you’d just want to get rid of the essay. When your teacher finally accepts your work, you then have an agonising wait to find out your grade. Well, submitting proposals for construction projects is similar to that, but multiply the stress level by about a million and then you know what it feels like. In the end, hard work pays off, right?
Anyway, the winners for Riyadh Metro Project are:
– Bechtel Corp (USA, Consortium leader), which heads a group which won a $9.45 billion contract to build two lines. The consortium will deliver 63km of a total of 176km and 42 of the 86 stations through Line One and Line Two.
– Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (Spain, Consortium leader) won a $7.82 billion contract for three lines
– Ansaldo STS (Italy, Consortium leader) won a $5.21 billion order for one line.
(This calls for a quick Forza Italia!💙❤ 🇫🇷)
Congratulations to all three winners! Since the scope of the project was so large, we expected the work to be divided amongst all three groups.
Design work will start immediately and construction is due to begin in the first quarter of 2014. (You might have already seen some of the images of the metro station for KAFD and Olaya stations floating around.) The project should be completed in 2019.
Now as exciting as the project is, for the next 3-6 years, expect dust pollution and traffic to increase. Although they’re not going to rip up the whole of Riyadh in one shot, do expect to spend longer on the road over the next few years. Other knock on effects to be aware of now are an increase in food prices, shortage of compound housing, and high competition for school spaces in international schools.
Finally, before all the critics start flooding the page about the metro project not being suitable for females or families, there will of course be separate family and single carriages on all trains. Bombardier will be delivering the trains and I have too say the designs are superb!
I can’t wait until the first line is completed. I’m so proud and happy to be in Riyadh at this monumental occasion. I’m really grateful for all the numerous opportunities, happiness and memories that Riyadh holds for us.
Riyadh Metro Map
I have better maps of the project but this is the map that can be published now. It should show you the general outline of the lines.
The Metro Project comprises the following six (6) Lines, as shown in Figure 1:
Line 1 (Blue Line) runs in the North-South direction along Olaya and Batha streets, starting from slightly north of Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Street and ending at Dar Al Badia neighbourhood in the south. The Metro will be mostly underground in a bored tunnel along Olaya and King Faisal Streets, and elevated on a viaduct along Batha Street and at the northern and southern ends. Line 1 extends over a length of approximately 38 km (24 mi) and features 26 stations (22 regular and 4 transfer stations with Lines 2,3,5 and 6.)
Line 2 (Green Line) runs in the East-West direction along King Abdullah Road, between King Saud University and the Eastern Sub-Center, mostly on a raised strip in the median of the planned freeway. This Line extends over a length of about 25.3 km (15.7 mi) and features 13 stations, in addition to 3 transfer stations with Lines 1, 5 and 6.
Line 3 (Red Line) runs in the East-West direction along Al – Madinah Al Munawwarah and Prince Saad Bin Abdulrahman Al Awal Roads, starting at the west near Jeddah Expressway and ending at the east near the National Guard Camp of Khashm El Aan. The Metro will be mostly elevated along the western part of Al – Madinah Al Munawwarah Road, then underground in bored and mined tunnels in the central section of the line, and generally at grade along Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Road. The length of the line is approximately 40.7 km (25.3 mi) and it features 20 stations, in addition to 2 transfer stations with Lines 1 and 6.
Line 4 (Orange Line) reaches to King Khalid International Airport from King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), mainly on a mix of elevated and at-grade alignment. The length of the line is around 29.6 km (18.4 mi) and it features 8 stations (3 common with Line 6), in addition to 1 transfer station with Lines 1 and 6.
Line 5 (Yellow Line) runs underground in a bored tunnel along King Abdulaziz Street, between King Abdulaziz Historical Center and the Riyadh Airbase, before connecting with King Abdullah Road. The length of the line is about 12.9 km (8.0 mi) and it features 10 stations, in addition to 2 transfer stations with Lines 1 and 2.
Line 6 (Purple Line) follows a half-ring starting at King Abdullah Financial District, passing by Imam Mohamed Bin Saud University and ending at Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Al Awal Road. It runs mostly elevated except along Sheikh Hasan Bin Husein Bin Ali Street. The length of the line is approximately 29.9 km (18.6 mi) and it features 8 stations (3 common with Line 4), in addition to 3 transfer stations with Lines 1, 2 and 3.