Bechtel-Led Consortium Selected for Multi-Billion Dollar Rail Project in Saudi Arabia

29 July 2013 LONDON

Team Will Design and Build Riyadh Metro Lines 1 and 2

A consortium led by Bechtel has received a letter of award from the High Commission for the Development of ArRiyadh to design and build two rail lines of the Riyadh Metro network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The team will be responsible for the approximately $10 billion development of Lines 1 and 2, which will be part of the six-line metro system that will form the backbone of Riyadh’s public transportation network. The contract is expected to be finalized next month.

“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.  We look forward to working with the High Commission to build Lines 1 and 2 of this landmark metro system, both safely and sustainably,” said Peter Dawson, president of Bechtel’s civil infrastructure business.  “We intend to partner with the local community and businesses, as well as hire and develop Saudi nationals, to successfully deliver this project.”

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 1 will run north to south across Riyadh from Olaya to Batha Corridor and Line 2 will run east to west along King Abdullah Road. The new lines will feature stations powered by renewable energy and fully automatic trains. The highly-aesthetic design reflects Riyadh’s modernity and the city’s architectural heritage.

The BACS consortium members have more than 380 years’ combined global experience delivering infrastructure projects, including more than 230 years’ combined experience in Saudi Arabia. Bechtel’s signature projects in Saudi Arabia include Jubail Industrial City, King Khaled and King Fahd International Airports; and  Ras Al Khair aluminium smelter. The company has successfully delivered 35 metro rapid transit systems across the world.