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Indian engineering and construction firm Larsen & Toubro‘s (L&T) railway business has secured an Rs10.7bn ($161m) contract from the BACS consortium to design and build tracks for the Riyadh Metro project in Saudi Arabia.

The BACS consortium comprises Bechtel, Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Company and Siemens.

Under the design and build deal, L&T’s scope of work includes the construction of ballastless tracks for Riyadh Metro Line 1 and Line 2.

Scheduled to be completed in 40 months, the project involves the construction of 62.86km double ballastless tracks in tunnels, viaducts, at-grade sections and three depots.

"The order is in sync with L&T’s strategy to expand their railway business into the Middle East."

The order has been won against stiff international competition and is in sync with L&T’s strategy to expand their railway business into the Middle East, the company said in a statement.

Line 1 will connect north and south of the city running through the centre of Riyadh. With 22 stations and four transfer stations, much of which will be underground.

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Running east to west, the 25km Line 2 will have 13 stations and three transfer stations, which will connect it with other new metro lines.

The two lines form part of the six-line metro system with a total length of 176km. A total of 85 stations are being planned for the entire project.

In July, Bechtel-led BACS consortium started tunnelling work on Line 1 of the $23bn Riyadh Metro project.

The consortium is responsible for the $10bn contract for the design, construction, signalling, electrification, and integration of the Lines 1 and 2, as well as the provision of rail cars.

Image: Tunnel boring machina (TBM) Mneefah is expected to complete its journey by mid-2016. Photo: courtesy of Bechtel Corporation.