FCC, Samsung JVs win drill and blast tunnelling contracts for Saudi’s Neom project

WCN Editorial Team 15 Jun 2022 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

The joint ventures of Spanish construction major FCC Construction and South Korea's Samsung C&T Corporation have secured drill and blast tunnelling contracts to accelerate work on Saudi Arabia's futuristic $500bn-new city Neom.

These awards are considered an important aspect in ensuring that the development meets the schedule, reported TradeArabia.

The FCC Construction joint venture partners include SA/China State Construction Engineering Corporation/Shibh Al-Jazira Contracting Company.

The Samsung C&T Corporation joint venture partners are Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company and Saudi Archirodon Company.

The work on tunnels will be more than 28km in length. There would be separate tunnels for high-speed and freight rail services, thereby ensuring that movement of people and goods are quicker and easier.

The rock excavated for this tunnelling project will be processed for reuse subsequently within the concrete lining of the tunnels and other projects within Neom so that there is minimal impact on natural landscapes.

Neomi CEO Nadhmi Al Nasr said: "The sheer scope and scale of the tunnelling work to be undertaken highlights the complexity and ambition of the project. We are moving forward to achieve Neom’s vision of the new future, which has been established by HRH Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Chairman of Neom Company Board of Directors."

Al Nasr further added: "At Neom, we are inspiring a new way of living, making seamless mobility possible, reducing emissions and protecting our environment. We are not only making a giant leap for Saudi Arabia, but we are also establishing a model for sustainable living around the world."

In 2017, the Government of Saudi Arabia had unveiled plans for a $500bn new economic zone, Neom in the kingdom’s northwestern region.

Neom will encompass over 26,500km2, overlooking the waterfront of the Red Sea to the South and the West, and the Gulf of Aqaba. The city’s land mass will also extend across the Egyptian and Jordanian borders.

The new economic zone will have fully-automated services and processes and will adhere to the highest sustainability norms.

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Image: The work on tunnels will be more than 28km in length. Credit: Peter Dargatz from Pixabay.

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