DB International engineers have received an order for the first high speed rail link in Saudi Arabia: in mid-September they were commissioned to review the design of the track, the rail systems, the construction supervision and the supervision of rolling stock production as well as the project management.
The client for the 450 kilometer long, double track and electrified high speed rail link is the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO). The link will provide a fast, comfortable and reliable service between the cities of Jeddah and the holy sites of Makkah and Medina. Maximum speed on this line will be around 320 kilometers per hour. A total of five rail stations have been planned for this project: in Makkah, Jeddah, Jeddah International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Medina.
"We are very proud to have been awarded the contract for this most prestigious project," said Niko Warbanoff, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of DB International. "In addition to the success of our work in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and in this case in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East continues to be a major factor behind the company’s excellent performance. This will be an opportunity for us to demonstrate our capabilities once again."
DB International’s scope of supply in this project includes the review of the design concept, the preliminary design and the detailed design of all system components, including track, signaling and telecommunication systems. From the initial concept to final completion, DB International’s (DBI) involvement will also include technical assistance for the construction of the operational control center and the overhead catenary system, and for both operations and maintenance. The new order for DB‘s wholly-owned subsidiary also includes the supervision of rolling stock production. This will involve DB International experts reviewing the designs developed by the Spanish consortium. To this end, a special contract management system and stringent quality control procedures will be put in place. The order value for DB International is in the mid double-digit million euro range.