Saudi Arabia to procure four rail PPP schemes

By Davis Thattil | Dec 31, 2017
Saudi Arabia’s Public Transport Authority (PTA) is planning to tender consultancy contracts for the development of four major mainline rail and logistics projects in 2018. The four schemes, which include the Saudi Landbridge railway line linking Saudi Arabia’s east and west coasts, are being planned as public-private partnership (PPP) projects. PTA plans to tender the technical, financial and legal consultancy packages for the four schemes in the second or third quarter of 2018.

The four projects and their details are as follows:

- Saudi Landbridge railway line with a length of 950 kms (double lined) non-electrified. The project cost is estimated to be in the region of $7-$10 billion with a completion period of eight to ten years (Project status: Preliminary design).
- Riyadh-Dammam Electrification: 460 km double lined electrified. The project cost is estimated to be in the region of $8-$10 billion with a completion period of nine to ten years. (Project status: Feasibility study).
- Yanbu – Jeddah (via King Abdullah Port) link: 340 km double lined, electrified. The project cost:  $1 to $1.5 billion; completion period: five years. (Project status: Feasibility study).
- Riyadh-Riyadh link and new Dry Port: 40 km double lined, non-electrified. The project cost:  $1 to $1.5 billion; completion period: five years. (Project status: Preliminary design).

US consultancy AT Kearney is advising PTA on the privatization of Saudi Arabia’s mainline railway networks. A parallel project, for the development of urban rail schemes using a public-private partnership (PPP) model, is underway. The National Centre for Privatization (NCP) received bids for the technical, financial and legal advisory packages in October.


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