Saudi Railway Company (SAR) has signed a two-year maintenance contract with global technology firm, Thales.
The company will maintain the signalling, telecommunication and electromechanical systems of the Kingdom’s North-South Railways project, as per the contract.
“Throughout its historic presence in the Kingdom, the group has developed very strong cooperation with local industries and universities to speed up the transfer of knowledge, know-how and capabilities,” according to Jean-Yves Tolot, country director of Thales in Saudi Arabia.
Thales’ trained engineers and technicians will perform their tasks across eight maintenance bases situated along the railway line.
The contract also includes the transfer of knowledge to SAR national teams.
“In line with Saudi Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program 2020 (NTP), this project further illustrates Thales’ commitment to ensure the SAR maintenance [personnel] are able to continue in their efforts long after our contract expires, and contribute toward the Kingdom’s success,” said Tolot.
The company will work with Buraidah’s Saudi Railway Polytechnic to train 1,500 students to obtain vocational qualifications.
The Northern Train project in Saudi Arabia is the longest railway in the world equipped with signalling and communications systems, European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2.
Currently operational, the project has completed the construction of 2,400 km of track, sidings, yards, depots, stations and administrative facilities of the two lines.
In the Kingdom, the firm provides maintenance services to the Al-Mashaer Al-Mugaddassah Makkah Metro (MMMP) and Saudi Arabian Airlines.