China Railway 18th Bureau wins contract to build Madinah tunnel in Saudi Arabia


China Railway 18th Bureau Group has won a contract from Saudi Arabia-based Rua Al Madinah Holding Company to build a 5km-long tunnel in Madinah.

The contract, valued at CNY6.5bn ($970m), is part of the Grand Mosque revamp project, reported TradeArabia.

Construction of the tunnel is expected to be completed within 42 months.

Rua Al Madinah Holding Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), is the key developer of the Madinah Tunnel Project, while Canada’s WSP and US-based Parsons are serving as consultants.

The tunnel work includes building of AH tunnel, Ali Bin Abi Talib tunnel, airport tunnel and related projects, including a pedestrian bridge.

The China Railway 18th Bureau Group will handle the structure and decoration of the pedestrian bridge.

The company will also be responsible for structure, decoration and internal mechanical, electrical, and plumbing works of the underground passage.

Under the project, Al Amida road will be developed into a six-lane roadway to be used as an alternative to the current ring road.

Ali Bin Abi Taleb traffic tunnel will also be renovated to connect Al Amida to King Faisal ring road.

China Railway 18th Bureau Group (Saudi Arabia) general manager Chen Debin was quoted by TradeArabia as saying, “With the signing of the Medina Tunnel Infrastructure Development Project contract, we have entered the Saudi sovereign fund investment market and will now demonstrate our Chinese power in quality development.

"Over the past 21 years, we have played a major role in more than 30 projects across Saudi Arabia including Makkah Light Rail, Saudi North-South Railway, Makkah-Madinah High-speed Railway and other key government projects."

Madinah Tunnel Project is Saudi government’s key infrastructure project as part of its ‘Vision Realization Plan’.

Image: Construction of the tunnel is expected to be completed within 42 months. Credit: Engin Akyurt from Pixabay.

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