FLOW consortium has secured a $2.9bn contract from ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA) for the operation and maintenance (O&M) services of Lines 3, 4, 5 and 6 of Riyadh Metro.
The consortium, which is led by Ansaldo STS, includes Ansaldo STS, Italy, Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane, Italy, Alstom Transport, France.
The duration of the contract is 12 years, including the mobilisation period. Ansaldo’s share in the contract will be around $1bn.
Ansaldo has been appointed as operator of four of the six lines of the Riyadh Metro network, which is under construction in the capital city of Saudi Arabia.
Ansaldo has been operating in Saudi Arabia for more than 15 years. As part of the ANM consortium, one of the three consortia selected to build the network, the company has been supplying the metro system for Line 3 (Orange Line), the longest line of Riyadh Metro’s network.
The company started its design, build and operation and maintenance services of driverless metros with Copenhagen Metro over 20 years ago.
FLOW consortium will provide O&M services for Lines 3, 4, 5 and 6 of total length of 113km and 50 stations, including two main stations, five interchange stations, three depots and three operation control centres (OCCs).
The services also include metro operation, security, passenger assistance, facility management, maintenance of buildings and the complete transit system, including trains, signalling, telecommunication, power supply, passenger information.
The contract is based on global best practices and KPIs in urban metro O&M in passenger services, facilities management, transit system, health and safety and security, as well as local content.
It carries a minimum Saudization target of 45%, and 55% for local content in terms of supplies and services related to the Riyadh Metro operation, in addition to logistic support.
FLOW consortium will introduce several job opportunities for Saudis in civil, mechanical, electrical and telecommunication fields, in addition to vocational positions such as special technicians, customer service jobs in ticket sales, safety and security, as well as administration positions.
Image: Riyadh Metro trains. Photo: Courtesy of RiyadhMetro.