Riyadh Metro awards operation and maintenance contract

Photo: Alstom.

The FLOW Consortium – a partnership between Alstom, Ansaldo STS and Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane – has been awarded a 12-year contract to operate four lines of the Riyadh Metro.

The consortium said it had received a Letter of Award (LoA) from Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services for lines 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Valued at around 10.9 billion Saudi riyals (c€2.5 billion), the contract includes full maintenance of the Alstom-built trains on lines 4, 5 and 6 as well as those supplied by Bombardier for line 3.

Combined, the four lines have a length of 113 kilometres, include 50 stations, three depots and three control centres.

Didier Pfleger, senior vice president for the Middle-East and Africa region at Alstom, said: “We are honoured that our client ADA, for whom we are currently supplying a fully integrated Metro System for lines 4, 5 and 6 (Yellow, Green, and Purple lines), is renewing its trust in Alstom’s capabilities and expertise with an additional contract for operation and maintenance services.

“Alstom has been present in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for nearly 60 years and this award also illustrates Alstom’s commitment to supporting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia‘s mobility projects for a more efficient, more reliable and more sustainable transport network. We are very pleased to be working closely with our partners from the FLOW consortium.”

ADA has set a minimum Saudization target (the requirement to hire local labour) of 45 per cent within the contract and stipulates 55 per cent local content.

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