Semaly and Dar al-Handasah won the contract, which will be carried out over a period of 14 months, against competition from four consortia: IBI Groupof Canada; Germany’s Light Rail Transit Consultants (LRTC), with Norway’s Norconsult; the US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff International; and France’s Systra, with Saudi Consolidated Engineering Services (Khatib & Alami). The French/Lebanese team is expected to start the design work in July.

The 30 per cent design contract will cover two light rail lines running north-south and east-west over a distance of about 38 kilometres. It will assist ADA in making a decision on whether the project will be carried out on a design-build (DB), design-build-operate (DBO) or a design-build-operate-finance (DBOF) basis. The project will cost an estimated SR 1,500 million ($400 million). ADA plans to complete the first stage of the LR by 2013.

Two other contracts related to the project are expected to be awarded in July. IBI Group has been selected for the contract to carry out a study determining the final scope of the LR network, while Germany’s Dornier Consultingwill sign the deal to draw up a comprehensive traffic management study. Award imminent on Riyadh LR design

Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has selected a group comprising Semalyof France and Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners)for the contract to carry out preliminary engineering designs on the planned Riyadh light railway (LR) project. The contract is expected to be signed by mid-July, following the completion of final contractual details (MEED 21:5:04).

Semaly and Dar al-Handasah won the contract, which will be carried out over a period of 14 months, against competition from four consortia: IBI Groupof Canada; Germany’s Light Rail Transit Consultants (LRTC), with Norway’s Norconsult; the US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff International; and France’s Systra, with Saudi Consolidated Engineering Services (Khatib & Alami). The French/Lebanese team is expected to start the design work in July.

The 30 per cent design contract will cover two light rail lines running north-south and east-west over a distance of about 38 kilometres. It will assist ADA in making a decision on whether the project will be carried out on a design-build (DB), design-build-operate (DBO) or a design-build-operate-finance (DBOF) basis. The project will cost an estimated SR 1,500 million ($400 million). ADA plans to complete the first stage of the LR by 2013.

Two other contracts related to the project are expected to be awarded in July. IBI Group has been selected for the contract to carry out a study determining the final scope of the LR network, while Germany’s Dornier Consultingwill sign the deal to draw up a comprehensive traffic management study.