Strukton to build largest metro project in the world

Strukton to build largest metro project in the world

Dutch construction firm Strukton has been awarded a turnkey metro project by the city of Riyadh.

Strukton, as a member of the FAST consortium, has been awarded a contract by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) to provide a complete automatic and driverless metro system to equip three of the six lines to be launched by the city. It includes also an option for 10 years of maintenance services. The total contract value amounts to € 6 billion. Strukton’s share represents almost € 1.0 billion.

This project is financed by the Government of Saudi Arabia through the Public Investment Fund. The project is to be executed in 5 years, and will employ over 15,000 people. The driverless metro network in total will be 176 kilometres long and will include 87 stations. It is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2018.

The largest metro project in the world
The six lines comprising the Riyadh metro project will span more than 176 kilometres, making it the largest subway under development in the world at present. Construction will require 600,000 tonnes of steel (80 times the amount used to build the Eiffel Tower), 4.3 million cubic metres of concrete (11 times the amount used for Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper), and will employ over 30,000 people, of which more than half correspond to the consortium with Strukton.

This new metro will transform Riyadh, reducing traffic congestion, strengthening and driving the Saudi economy and improving living standards for citizens. Riyadh currently has a population of 5.7 million, which is expected to increase to 8.3 million by 2030. The subway is a solution to daily traffic problems: of 7.4 million daily commutes, only 2% use public transport.

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