Saudi Arabia to invite bids for North-South railway stations

05 October 2010

Companies are expected to submit their bids in February 2011

Saudi Railway Company (SAR) is expected in December to invite companies to submit bids for the construction of six stations on the passenger line of the North-South minerals railway. A bid deadline expected in February 2011.

The stations, including the construction of a mosque at each, will be built in Al-Haditha, Al-Jawf, Ha’il, Al-Qassim, Al-Majma’h and Riyadh. The scheme also includes building a new headquarters for SAR in Riyadh.

Local Al-Ayuni Trading & Contracting Company and Al-Abdulaziz al-Omer Establishment for Trading & Contracting is leading the group that will build the 1,410-kilometre-long main passenger line. The line will run between Riyadh and Haditha on the Jordanian border.

Several other lines are planned to branch off this main line. A branch will run to bauxite and phosphate mines in Jelemaid in the northeast to minerals processors in Ras al-Zour, which is near the industrial city of Jubail. Another branch will run from Al-Zabirah on the main line to Ras al-Zour. This line will also have two spurs: One to the bauxite mines at Al-Zabirah and the other to Jubail.

The 1,486-km minerals line is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2011. India’s Rites will operate the line until 2013 (MEED 29:3:10).

One more contract for the railway is due to be awarded in December for maintenance equipment. SAR’s chief executive officer, Rumaih al-Rumaih, says that there will be several contracts involved, including one for sand-removal equipment.

The kingdom’s Public Investment Fund is financing the project.

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