Makkah Metro

The Metro of Makkah, officially known as Makkah Mass Rail Transit is a metro system consisting of four lines. This project will add to the existing line of Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah, which opened in 2010 and is part of the Public Transport Programme of the city, with a budget of 16,000 million euros and will include integrated bus services.

The new lines that will form the MMRT project will have a total length of 180 km and 88 stations and a budget of 13,000 million euros. It will be built in three phases over the next 10 years: Phase I will include the construction of lines B and C by 2017, while the lines A and D will be built in future phases.

The project was commissioned by the Development Commission of Makkahand Mashaer (DCOMM) and will be led by Makkah Mass Rail Transit Company (MMRTC).

Spanish presence

Isolux Corsán, in consortium with the Turkish company KolinInsaat Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret AS and the Arab Haif company, has been selected for the construction project of lines B and C of Mecca’s metro with an overall budget of more than 2,300 million euros, according to the company.

The client, Metro of Makkah, has begun negotiation with the consortium and the signing of the contract in the coming months is expected.

The section of line B in the contract, 11.9 kilometres, will involve the construction of 3 stations. The section of Line C, with 13 kilometres, will include the execution of 6 stations, including the completion of two major interchanges.

The main elements of the scope of the contract are the stations and interchanges with civil works, access ramps, large decks and porches, and tunnels.

The tunnels are divided into different sections according to different methods of construction: 19,616 meters of tunnel in mine, 8740 meters of tunnel with TBM and 4105 meters of cover tunnel. The project also involves the execution of more than 1175 meters of viaducts and large walkways.

It also includes the demolition of existing structures and facilities, control and traffic detours, identification and relocation of affected services, and all other necessary ancillary works.

The proposed Metro of Makkah is the consolidation of the presence of Isolux Corsán in Saudi Arabia, a country in which the company was already present with several projects among which, on the one hand, I the adjudicated by the SEC in August 2014, for the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of two transmission substations 115 / 11kV for 45 million euros.

On the other hand, the Saudi mining company Tecna MAADEN awarded (subsidiary of Oil and Gas of Isolux Corsán), in consortium with Nesma Group, the construction of a storage depot for products in Um Alwalfield and worth 120 million euros.