Cohesive Eyes Completion
of the Riyadh Metro Project

Line Testing for Riyadh’s new six-line metro is underway – The finish line is nearly in sight for Riyadh’s metro project; the largest single-phase metro project in the world. Construction on the six-line, 176km mega-project got underway in 2014. Almost nine years later, the developers of the $US 27bn metro and integrated bus network are looking forward to the completion of the project.

Cohesive (as OXplus) has been contributing to this State of the Art Project with three large assignments, with involvements in both Design & Build and Operate & Maintain Tenders.

Facts & Figures about Riyadh Metro:

  •  6 metro lines
  • Total length of 176 kilometers
  • 85 stations
  • The project will cost $22.5 billion to build
  • Total of 470 cars

Design & Build
Our Cohesive Journey at Riyadh Metro Project started back in 2014 when Cohesive was asked to develop a Technical Database Solution in combination with a BI-tool as well as a Data Warehouse to collect & connect all Sensor, SCADA and RAM data from all Metro-related systems. Our RAM (Reliability, Availability and Maintainability) performance management system then identifies all performance elements and provides an insight into key performance indicators (KPIs). 

Operate & Maintain
Cohesive was awarded to implement the Asset Management Solutions for all six Metro Lines. This was not an easy process, according to Richard van Dongen, CCO Cohesive: “The challenge was to participate with all Bidders in the Tender process, which started in 2018. We managed to provide our offer to 4 large Operators / Bidders to increase our chances for being awarded for the Asset Management contract. Competing for the contracts was tough (with international and local companies bidding against us) and many visits to the Middle East were necessary to convince the Operators of our solutions and experiences in this Business. All hard work resulted in being awarded Projects for both Operators in 2018 and 2019”.

Line Testing Underway
Timetable tests on lines 4 and 6, respective 30km and 13km overground lines, are currently underway. The plan is to hand the lines over to the operator, the Flow consortium, comprising Alstom, Hitachi Rail STS, and Italian State Railways (FS), in the second half of the year. Flow will then simulate network operation ahead of the start of passenger services.

Flow will also operate the 25km entirely underground Line 5 and the 40.7km Line 3. Carousel running is underway on Line 5 although this has not yet reached the point of replicating the entire service. Operation of lines 1 and 2 is the responsibility of the CamCo joint venture of RATP Dev and Saudi Public Transport Company, which also make up Public Transport Company (PTC), which will operate the bus network. These projects are in the final 10-12% of work, although, like Line 3, rolling stock testing is not yet at the carousel stage.

The largest single-phase metro project underway anywhere in the world
Getting to this point is no mean feat. The Riyadh metro is after all the largest single-phase metro project underway anywhere in the world. While the Saudi government initially expected to develop the network over a period of 25 years, Riyadh’s swelling population, which is increasing by 3.5% per year and is expected to reach 8.3 million by 2030, and worsening traffic congestion, led to a re-think and the decision to proceed with the metro and bus project in a single phase.

The Asset Management Projects:
Cohesive started both Asset Management projects in parallel in 2019, where the RDA (Riyadh Development Authority) appreciated our involvement since we could establish synergy across the projects. We are implementing up to 24 Best Practice processes and configuring IBM’s Maximo solution, including its Railways specific Industry Solutions and Add-ons. Cohesive is integrating IBM Maximo with other business systems like ERP, EDMS, Mobile and SCADA systems etc.

Currently, we are finalizing both Projects and are proposing Service contracts to support the Asset Management- and related integrations with the other systems.

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