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India's L&T wins $161m Riyadh Metro contract

Larsen & Toubro's railway unit is picked to build over 62km of tracks for lines 1 and 2 of $10bn project

India's L&T wins $161m Riyadh Metro contract
Abdullah Allohaidan, assistant of the director of the Riyadh Metro, looking at a model of a train at the companys operation building in the Saudi capital. (AFP/Getty Images)

Indian infrastructure firm Larsen & Toubro has announced that its railway business unit has been awarded a $161.3 million contract in Saudi Arabia.

The order has been awarded by the BACS consortium, which comprises Bechtel, Al Mabani, CCC, and Siemens, for the construction of ballastless tracks for Riyadh Metro Lines 1 and 2.

"This order has been won against stiff international competition and is in sync with L&T’s strategy to expand their Railway Business into the Middle East," the company said in a statement. 

The project involves the construction of 62.86km of double ballastless tracks in tunnels, viaducts, atgrade sections and three depots. The project is scheduled to be completed in 40 months, the company added.

Last month it was reported that construction has begun on Riyadh’s new $10 billion metro, in what is planned to be Saudi Arabia’s first underground rail system and one of the largest in the world.

The work includes 39 stations, including two key interchange stations. The Riyadh Metro is at the centre of the capital’s plan to cater for a projected 50 percent increase in the population.

The 176km, driverless network is expected to carry 400,000 passengers daily. It is scheduled to open to passengers in 2018.

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