Saudi Arabia awards two contracts on North-South railway

26 January 2012

North-South railway deals cover maintenance workshops for locomotives

Saudi Railways Company (SAR) has awarded two contracts worth a total of more than SR767m ($205m) for the North-South minerals railway line.

Turkey’s Yapi Merkezi won the first contract, which involves the construction of a SR495.7m maintenance complex. The complex will provide maintenance to locomotives and carriages, as well as to the railway track itself. The project will also include fuel supply stations.

The local Sulaiman al-Qudaibi & Sons won the second contract worth SR271.58m. This package involves building 36 small maintenance workshops along the length of the railway line. There will also be 11 accommodation buildings to house workers, as well as eight administrative buildings.

Earlier in January, the local Al-Rashid Trading & Contracting won a $419m contract to build five passenger stations on the railway line. The five stations will be built at Al-Majmaj, Qassim, Hail, Al-Jouf and Qurayat (MEED 12:1:12).

The 2,750-kilometre North-South line runs from Riyadh to Al-Haditha, on the Jordanian border. It links the phosphate and bauxite mines in Jelamaid and Baitha with industries in Ras al-Khair, Jubail and Dammam.

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