By James Morgan
Progress on transport project has not been affected by the low oil price, says senior official
Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Metro could complete slightly ahead of schedule in late-2018, according to Eng Anas Hamad Almousa, project manager at Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA).
Almousa, who is ADA’s project manager for Package 2, Line 3 at Riyadh Metro, told Construction Week that the low oil price has not affected progress at the project.
Recent reports cited a 2019 completion date for the $23bn metro network, but Almousa believes Riyadh Metro is on course to complete before the end of 2018.
“Basically, we are trying to work as a team: the contractors, the engineers, the consultants, and us [ADA] as the employer,” he said. “We assist with day-to-day activities and push the contractors to meet the project’s schedule.”
Once finished, Riyadh Metro will boast a total of six lines. The project is being developed across three packages by three consortia: BACS, ANM, and FAST. Almousa’s portion – Package 2, Line 3 – is Riyadh Metro’s longest line at 41km.
“So far, we have completed approximately 30% of our work,” he explained. “At the beginning, it’s always difficult. During the first year, we focused mainly on the design of the project. The second year involved development of the utilities infrastructure. These were the main challenges.
“[Package 2] is now in our hands. [ADA] can push the contractor; we can increase the resources; we can do anything to avoid any delays.
“Until now, from the perspective of ADA’s project management team, [the low oil price] hasn’t affected anything. We haven’t been instructed [to veer from the original plan]. The contractor is fine and we are moving forward as planned. It’s business as usual,” Almousa concluded.