Spanish consortium awarded Mecca-Medina high speed rail contract

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Spanish consortium awarded Mecca-Medina high speed rail contract It's been ages since bids for the high speed rail line between Meddina and Mecca were submitted. There were two consortiums fighting to get the contract:
Spanish consortium
- Consortium Name: Al-Shoula Group- Consortium Leader: Al-Shoula Group- Track and Systems: Copasa/Imathia/Cobra /OHL/Dimetronic/INABENSA/Indra- Rolling Stock: Talgo- Operator and Maintainer: Renfe/Adif/Consultrans/Imathia/Ineco- Saudi Consortium Member: Al-Shoula Group
French consortium- Consortium Name: Al-Rajhi Alliance- Consortium Leader: Al-Rajhi Holding Group Arrab Contracting- Track and Systems: Company/Alstom/Thales and Orascom- Rolling Stock: Alstom- Operator and Maintainer: SNCF/Al-Rajhi Holding Group/Alstom- Saudi Consortium Member: Al-Rajhi Holding Group/Arrab Contracting Company
There was information suggesting that the Spanish consortium submitted a more competitive bid. The Spanish and French governments have been lobbying Saudi officials intensively for the last year though. It was a national matter.
Prototype of the train that the Spanish consortium presented to Saudi authorities.
Source: El Pais
Concerns were raised with a last-minute French lobbying effort that could have tilted the competition in its rival's favour.Today, the Spanish consortium has commented to the press the receipt of the award
The contract is said to be valued around €7 billion. It includes 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.
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