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Two bidders compete for Saudi high speed railway project

🕔 July 5, 2010

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High speed rail is nowadays one the most desired options in order to make infrastructure more mordern. Today, I want to announce details of one of the most important high speed rail projects in the world.The 450-km high-speed railway will reduce the distance between Makkah and Jeddah to half an hour and between Jeddah and Madinah two hours.Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has received the technical and financial offers of Phase 2 of Haramain High Speed Rail Project (HHR).SRO has announced that only two consortia, a French-Saudi group Al-Rajhi Alliance and Spanish-led Al-Shoula Consortium have submitted their technical and financial offers to Saudi Railways Organization.Three other groups, including a partnership of Saudi Binladin Group, Deutsche Bahn AG and Siemens AG, a Chinese consortium led by China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock and a group including South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Samsung Engineering did not bid for the project, the SRO said

President of SRO, Eng. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Hokail said that the experts from SRO, PIF, Scott Wilson, and Dar Al Handasah in a joint venture with Getinsa will verify the technical offers before opening the financial offers in accordance with the methodology and international standards to ensure transparency in the evaluation and to make sure that the consortium, that wins the contract, fulfils all the technical and operational requirements.The new contract would include construction of railway tracks, installation of signal system and telecommunications, the procurement of rolling stock and equipment, and maintenance for the entire infrastructure for a period of 12 years. The financial offers will be opened only after making sure that competing Consortium has fulfilled the technical requirements by at least 80 percent as mentioned in the request for proposals document (RFP) and in the Instructions to Tenderers (ITT).HHR is the first high speed rail programme in the Middle East and is a 320 kph railway linking the cities of Makkah, Jeddah, the new King Abdullah Economic City and Medina, as well as the International Airport in Jeddah.Consortia details:Consortium 1- Consortium Name: Al-Shoula Group- Consortium Leader: Al-Shoula Group- Track & Systems: Copasa/Imathia/Cobra /OHL/Dimetronic/INABENSA/Indra- Rolling Stock: Talgo- Operator & Maintainer: Renfe/Adif/Consultrans/Imathia/Ineco- Saudi Consortium Member: Al-Shoula GroupConsortium 2- Consortium Name: Al-Rajhi Alliance- Consortium Leader: Al-Rajhi Holding Group Arrab Contracting- Track & Systems: Company/Alstom/Thales & Orascom- Rolling Stock: Alstom- Operator & Maintainer: SNCF/Al-Rajhi Holding Group/Alstom- Saudi Consortium Member: Al-Rajhi Holding Group/Arrab Contracting Company 

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