The local Saudi Oger has awarded Kuwait’s KEO International Consultants the contract to design the estimated $241m monorail for the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) on the outskirts of Riyadh.

Under teh contract, KEO will complete detailed designs for 3.5 kilometres of elevated rail viaducts, the main monorail station, a train maintenance depot, 131 support piers and more than 30 switch bridges and long-span bridges.

The full monorail network will include six stations. KEO will design the first station, but it is unclear which company will be tasked with designing the remaining five. The network will consist of six autonomous 12-car trains.  

KEO plans to complete its design work in 2011 while construction on the monorail is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Al-Rayadah Investment Company, which is developing the financial districs, awarded Saudi Oger the monorail contract in April. Saudi Oger has subcontracted the project to Canada’s Bombardier in early June. At present, Bombardier is managing the project and directly overseeing the design and construction of the trains (MEED 1:6:10).  

Once complete, KAFD’s public transport system will connect all of the buildings in the financial district through the integration of the monorail and a self-sustained, air-conditioned skywalk system for pedestrians.