FAST Consortium announces Riyadh Metro milestone


By James Morgan

FAST Consortium has announced that the ‘San’ah’ tunnel boring machine (TBM) has arrived at Riyadh Metro’s Salah Al-Din Station.

1The news marks the completion of 1.2km of the TBM’s designated 5km on Riyad Metro’s Line 5, also known as ‘Green Line’. The route drilled so far stretches from the Ministry of Education to Salah Al-Din Station, which is located between Orouba Road and King Abdullah Road.

The ‘San’ah’ unit, which began drilling on 30 June, 2015, will continue to work on the northern section of Line 5 until it reaches Riyadh Airbase Roundabout. At this point, it will meet FAST Consortium’s second TBM, ‘Dhafrah’.

Commenting on the process, Ian Redmayne, Atkins project director for the FAST Consortium, said: “We are committed to meeting our deadlines and we are proud that both our metro TBMs have been the first in their achievements – ‘Dhafrah’ being the first to be launched and ‘San’ah’ the first to break through in the Riyadh Metro Project.” More info