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