Riyadh metro.

SAUDI ARABIA: L&T Construction’s Railway Business Unit has announced a ‘major breakthrough railway order’ for the construction of 62·86 km of ballastless double-track on Riyadh metro lines 1 and 2.

The 40-month contract worth US$161·4m was awarded by design and build contractor BACS, a consortium of Bechtel, Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Co and Siemens.

Indian group Larsen & Toubro said the track contract was won ‘against stiff international competition’, and would support its strategy of expanding its railway activities into the Middle East.