NEOM has awarded drill and blast tunneling contracts for work on the region’s infrastructure, which is considered one of the world’s largest transportation and utility infrastructure projects, and it is an essential element in ensuring NEOM continues to meet its development schedule. Two joint venture groups will undertake the project, which is separated by lower and upper geographies, with the first contract awarded to FCC Construction SA/China State Construction Engineering Corporation/Shibh Al-Jazira Contracting Company Joint Venture (FCC/CSCEC/SAJCO JV).
The tunnels, more than 28 kilometres long, will provide separate passages for high-speed and freight rail services, to provide for safer, faster and easier movement of people and goods.
The rock excavated as part of tunneling project would be processed for subsequent reuse within the permanent concrete lining of the tunnels and other projects within NEOM to ensure minimal impact to natural landscapes.
The contract values are not known at this time.
“The sheer scope and scale of the tunneling work to be undertaken highlights the complexity and ambition of the project,” Nadhmi Al-Nasr, CEO of NEOM