Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Metro

Riyadh Metro

An overall budget estimated to exceed 16,300 million Euros

FCC forms part of the consortium that is constructing the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia, the largest in the world with 176 kilometres and an overall budget estimated to exceed 16,300 million Euros, two and a half times that for the Medina-Mecca line.

This is the highest-value international construction contract in which a Spanish company has participated as a successful bidder. Specifically, the FCC Group's Citizen's Services is heading up a consortium for the construction of batch 3, which includes lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh Metro, for a value of 6,070 million Euros.

The FCC-lead consortium also includes the Korean company Samsung and French firm Alstom among its principal partners. The successful bidder group also includes the Dutch Strukton, Freyssinet from Saudi Arabia, the Spanish Typsa and the French firm Setec. The works execution period will be five years and the construction will provide jobs for over 15,000 people.

This third batch consists of the design and construction of lines 4 (yellow), 5 (green) and 6 (purple), which include twenty-five stations for which a total of 64.5 kilometres of  metro track will be necessary, 33 kilometres of viaducts, 22 kilometres of underground track and 9 kilometres of surface track.

The consortium, lead by FCC, are going to employ two TBMs of 9.77 metres diameter to construct the line 5 (green). The trains that will be travelling along these lines will have two carriages, operate without drivers and be supplied by Alstom. There will be four types of stations, elevated, surface, underground and transfer for connections between the various lines.

The metro project

The six lines included in the overall metro project for Riyadh will have a total length of 176 kilometres, which will make it the largest suburban metro in the world currently in the project stage. Its construction will require 600,000 tonnes of steel, eighty times that employed in the construction of the Eiffel Tower, 4.3 million cubic metres of concrete, eleven times that used in Burj Khalifa, the highest skyscraper in the world, and over 30,000 workers, of which more than half correspond to the FCC batch.

This new public service transport will provide the opportunity to transform the City of Riyadh. The new transport infrastructure will reduce traffic congestion, reinforce and promote the economy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and improve the quality of life of its people.

The Riyadh population currently stands at 5.7 million inhabitants, with a projection of 8.3 million in 2030. The metro is a solution to the daily traffic problems, with 7.4 movements, of which only 2% is actually made in public transport. 

Remarkable aspects

  • The largest metro project in the world.
  • FCC is contributing wide experience in metro construction.
  • Soluciona los problemas de tráfico ocasionados por los más de 7 millones de desplazamientos que se realizan diariamente.

Client: ADA

Start date: First half of 2014

End date: Under construction


Açu Port, Brazil

The largest port in America

It is located 315 kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro. It is the third largest port in the world and the largest in America. This is a deep-water port with a total expected transport capacity of 350 million tons of cargo per year.

The project involves the construction of a 2438 meters vertical dyke, which was executed by manufacturing and anchoring of 49 reinforced concrete segments. One section of dike was also placed in the 600 meters long slope. The first 9 segments were manufactured in the Port of
Algeciras and were transported to the site on semisubmersible barges.


Vidin–Calafat Bridge

Vidin–Calafat Bridge and Accesses

This bridge is located on the frontier between Bulgaria and Rumania and is also known as the “Bridge over the River Danube”. This grand bridge complex was designed by the Spanish engineer Carlos Fernández Casado and the FCC Construcción Technical Services.

The new structure improves relations between the two countries and the people who wish to cross it can freely do so.  It is an essential connection for the Bulgarian and Rumanian transport networks because it forms part of the Pan-European IV corridor, from Istanbul, of more than 2,000 kilometres.

The works consist of the construction of a 1,791-metre long combined bridge for both road and railway traffic. It includes four lanes for road circulation, a single-track electrified railway, a bicycle lane, two pavements for pedestrians and service, all of which are on a single deck.

The bridge consists of three clearly differentiated sections; the railway access viaduct on land is made up of thirteen 12-metre maximum-height piers, with twelve 40-metre long spans and one of 32 metres.  The prefabricated voussoir bridge over the non-navigable channel is formed by eight piers of variable heights between 4 and 20 metres and seven 80-metre spans and one of 52 metres. The bridge over the navigable channel, also constructed of prefabricated voussoirs, is an extradosed structure of four pylons, with heights varying between 39 and 45 metres, on pile-capped slabs of five spans of 124, 180, 180, 180 and 115 metres.

The bridge accesses consist of nine kilometres of dual carriageway and seventeen kilometres of railway, with a single electrified track and industrial branches. Eight overpasses are included, two of 192 metres length and two pedestrian footbridges, together with the construction of a new international goods railway station and the reformation of the existing passenger station.

Three kilometres downstream from the bridge, a purpose-built prefabrication plant was constructed, where the voussoirs were manufactured for subsequent installation in the bridge. It was necessary to construct an access port to the river, including permanent high-tonnage lifting means to supply the materials for the navigable bridge zone and maritime means.

Remarkable aspects

  • This is Bulgaria's largest project.
  • More than 1,000 persons worked on the bridge, of which around three quarters were Bulgarians.
  • The solution of combining the railway and the highway into a single structure was an idea proposed by FCC Construcción.
  • • It improves transport and connections between European countries and forms part of the Pan-European IV corridor between Germany and Turkey

Client: Ministry of Transport, Information and Communications Technologies of the Republic of Bulgaria

Start date: July 2007

End date: June 2013


Haren Prison

Haren Prison

This contract involves designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining a new prison complex for 25 years in Haren, a municipality in the City of Brussels. It is located near Zaventem airport, the Vilvoorde viaduct and the future shopping centre Uplace in Machelen.

Construction of the Haren prison consists of 108,000 built up square metres on a surface area of 15 hectares, for 1,190 prisoners and 1,000 administrative employees. The perimeter security wall is over 1,200 metres long.

The prison will have fourteen units: two prisons for convicted offenders, six male prisons for arrestees, two female ones, both open and closed, one for young offenders, one for psychiatry and one prison hospital. It also includes an entrance complex, a main building with a visitors' area, hearings area, a detainee settlement complex, a national transfer complex and a sports area. Other service buildings will include a control and intervention area, an area for security forces, a workshop area for the inmates, a logistics area, administration areas, as well as car parks for employees and visitors.

The building typology is common for this type of building: pile foundations, walls and reinforced concrete structure, facades and typical roofing. The high levels of safety required in terms of fires, safe use and integral accessibility must be taken into account.

Haren is the first concessions project won by FCC in Belgium. It joins the list of many other national and international projects carried out within the social and health care sector, including hospitals and courts.

Remarkable aspects

  • Alongside a local partner, FCC is in charge of designing and building the Haren prison which on completion will be the largest in Belgium.
  • Haren is the first project FCC has invested in as a concessionaire in Belgium.
  • It will replace the obsolete prisons of Saint-Gilles, Vorst and Berkendael, located in the City of Brussels.
  • The building was designed to fulfil the Belgian government's vision of offering a human prison, guaranteeing the required levels of safety and security.

Client: Regie der Gebouwen

Start date: 2016 “Preferred Bidder “

End date: 32 months


Fredericton-Moncton Highway

It is the main communication artery Canada. The project included the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a controlled access highway 195 kilometers and four-lane road. Maintenance is performed for a period of 30 years.

20 and links 28 overpasses were constructed, including two single-kilometer long bridges over the Saint John and Jemseg rivers.