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Riyadh Metro chief says contractors paid on time

Arriyadh Development Authority's project director freportedly expresses confidence about funding and timely completion

Riyadh Metro chief says contractors paid on time
Riyadh Metro will complete as scheduled, officials say.

Officials working on Saudi Arabia's $23 billion Riyadh Metro project have said they are paying contractors on time despite turbulent economic conditions.

Payments have been delayed in the Kingdom as dwindling petrodollars impact state spending and market fluidity.

However, Riyadh Metro officials said they are confident the project will complete on time.

Alwalid Alekrish, director of construction for development projects at Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), and project director of Riyadh Metro, said the 176km metro will not be delayed.

According to Arab News, Alekrish assured the team has maintained its resources despite decreasing oil prices, and has been paying its contractors on time.

"The operations of Riyadh Metro, with six lines and 85 stations, will start by 2019," he continued.

"Electric trains without drivers are being developed as part of the operations."

Construction Week previously reported the rail development looks set for completion even slightly ahead of its scheduled 2018 completion date.

Eng Anas Hamad Almousa, 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.

“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.”

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