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US$241mn Saudi monorail contract awarded

Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a US$241mn contract in Saudi Arabia for its next generation Innovia Monorail 300 fully automated transit system. The company has signed a contract with Saudi Arabian construction company, Saudi Oger Limited, for the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of a 3.6 km Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300 system for the King Abdullah Financial District, the new financial and business centre under development in Riyadh.

As the contractor responsible for the full turnkey construction of the new Monorail system, Saudi Oger was awarded the contract by the Rayadah Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the Public Pension Agency of the Saudi Arabian government. Bombardier, as subcontractor to Saudi Oger, will design and supply all of the system-wide electrical and mechanical (E&M) elements for the six-station monorail system. This will include six Innovia Monorail 300 trains (12 cars) with Bombardier Cityflo 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation as well as project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning.

Engineering and design for the Monorail vehicles will be based at Bombardier?s site in Kingston, Canada, and manufacturing of the 12 cars will be carried out by Bombardier in Pittsburgh, US. Together with Saudi Oger, Bombardier will also provide its branded Innovia operation and maintenance services for the system for an initial contractual period of 10 years. Completion of the monorail system is scheduled in 2012, with operation and maintenance services to commence at the start of revenue service.

?As the global leader in the supply and operation of turnkey transit systems, we are exceptionally proud to secure our first major project in Saudi Arabia and to be associated with the prestigious King Abdullah Financial District,? said Andr? Navarri, president and COO of Bombardier Transportation. ?Our next generation Innovia Monorail 300 system combines service-proven driverless technology with the latest in wide-bodied, lightweight, aerodynamically styled monorail trains. They provide superior value and performance for demanding and sophisticated users. The long-term nature of our operation and maintenance contract further underlines our commitment to building local roots in Saudi Arabia and with other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council.?