SAUDI ARABIA: Arriyadh Development Authority has presented a letter of award to the FLOW consortium of FS Italiane, Alstom and Ansaldo STS covering the operation and maintenance of lines 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh metro.

The 12-year contract covers the mobilisation period ahead of opening next year and is worth €2·5bn, with €730m of the total covering rolling stock and systems infrastructure maintenance.

The contract has a minimum ‘Saudization’ target of 45%, and a minimum level of 55% for local content.

Alstom is supplying 69 two-car driverless trainsets for lines 4, 5 and 6 as part of the FAST consortium, which has a turnkey contract to build and equip the lines. Other consortium members are FCC, Samsung C&T, Strukton, Freyssinet, Typsa and Setec.

ArRiyadh New Mobility is designing and building Line 3. The consortium comprises two groups: the Electrical Work Group comprising Ansaldo STS and Bombardier Transportation, and the Civil Work Group of Salini-Impregilo, Larsen & Toubro and Nesma. Bombardier Transportation is supplying a fleet of 47 two-car trainsets.