Spanwall complete Riyadh Metro project as Saudi capital aims to cut air pollution


CARRYDUFF based Spanwall has completed its work as part of the $23billion dollar project on the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia.

The Riyadh Metro, which is the rapid transit system in the Saudi capital, consists of six metro lines spanning a 176km with 85 stations.

The aim of the project is to reduce the number of car trips by nearly 250,000 trips per day which equates to 400,000 litres of fuel per day, in order to reduce air pollution in the city.

Spanwall were employed by Eiffage Metal, who were working on behalf of the BACS Consortium, to provide 6mm aluminium perforated panels with bespoke extrusions secured to the rear of each panel. The finish was RAL9006 PPC.

Using Spanwall’s CNC Machinery, 1,400 uniquely different panels per station were manufactured for each of the 11 new stations.

Speaking about the logistics of the project, Philip West of Spanwall said:

“This was a unique job in many ways one of which included the sheer size of the project. We had to re-think our factory capacity and run the whole project on a stand-alone managed basis. This allowed the progress of the project to be easily managed by ourselves and ensured Eiffage that we were always well informed on the progress of the project.”

A soft opening of the metro is planned for summer 2019 and the system is expected to be in full use in 2021.

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