Alstom Awarded a Turnkey Metro Project by the City of Riyadh in the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia
A project worth over €1.2 billion
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France -- July 29, 2013
Alstom (Paris:ALO), as a member of the FAST consortium^1, has received a
letter of award by the Riyadh Development Authority (ADA) to provide a
complete automatic and driverless metro system to equip three of the six lines
to be built by the city. The total value of this project, which is financed by
the Government of Saudi Arabia through the Public Investment Fund, amounts to
€6 billion of which Alstom’s share represents more than €1.2 billion. The
project also includes also an option for 10 years of maintenance services.
Contract signature should occur within 2 to 3 months.
Riyadh counts almost 6 million inhabitants with an expected population
explosion in 2030 set to increase the population to more than 8 million. The
city has decided to build six new subway lines in order to reduce traffic
congestion, enhance the economic dynamism of the Saudi capital and improve its
inhabitants’ quality of life. One of the largest turnkey metro projects ever
launched in the world, this fully automatic driverless network will be 170 km
long and will include 87 stations. The network is scheduled to enter
commercial service in 2018.
Alstom will provide the city of Riyadh with its fully integrated metro
solution that combines company’s state-of-the-art metro sub-systems. It
includes the rolling stock (69 Metropolis trains), Urbalis signaling, the
energy recovery system, HESOP, as well as the fast track laying technology,
Appitrack – a technology that installs tracks three times faster than
Each train is composed of two cars and is 100% motorized. It is about 36
meters long and 2.71m wide. This metro has three levels of comfort: First
class, Family and Single. To minimize delays between trains, the Metropolis
trains will be controlled by two operational control centers equipped with the
Urbalis driverless system.
In order to optimize energy consumption, the traction power system will be
equipped with HESOP, Alstom’s innovative reversible substation solution, which
allows the energy recovered during braking to be re-used by the network.
“We are honored to have been selected by the city of Riyadh to support this
major project, which will allow thousands of people to travel every day in
clean, comfortable and safe conditions,” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President
of Alstom Transport. “Alstom remains dedicated to supporting upcoming projects
to answer to the increasing demand for urban mobility in the country”, he
This project is the first reference for Alstom Transport in the Kingdom, where
other metro opportunities are coming up. Alstom has a leading historical
position in the market, having built 25% of the world’s metro lines.
Metropolis trains and the infrastructure components for Riyadh will be
produced at Alstom Transport’s sites in Europe.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission
and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and
environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the
highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated
power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy
sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide
range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The
Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20
billion and booked close to €24 billion in orders in 2012/13.
^1 The FAS consortium includes FCC (leader), Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Alstom,
Samsung, Strukton, Setec, Typsa.
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