French company Alstom, specialized in intelligent and sustainable mobility, is determined to develop its services around the world. After installing the first gas turbine in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1951 and commissioning a driverless metro in Dubai in 2020, Alstom is now bringing new projects to life in Saudi Arabia.
Launching the green metro in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The green mobility provider plays a key role in the Kingdom’s energy sector. Now, its plans are coming to fruition in Riyadh, as its complete automatic, driverless metro system, designed to equip three of the city’s six future lines, is set to debut in the third quarter.
For Andrew DeLeone, Alstom’s President for Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, this project “is designed to ensure complete coverage of public transport throughout the city” but also to “strengthen the economic dynamism of the Saudi capital and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants“.
A sustainable mode of transport, determined to reduce the country’s electricity consumption
When fully operational, the new sustainable transport system will comprise six lines with a total length of 176 km and 85 stations. Its electrical substations will be equipped with HESOP technology, an innovative solution from Alstom that allows all the electricity recovered during braking to be re-injected into the network, thereby reducing carbon emissions by 3 million kilograms and reducing electricity consumption by 6.6 million kilowatts per year.
While Alstom has already supplied 69 trains for the Riyadh metro as well as an Urbalis signaling system, the leader is not about to leave these regions and intends to continue providing its services for the metro.
“We will remain in Riyadh for many years, operating and maintaining these four lines, and we will have a strong presence in the metro system” says Alstom’s president proudly.
A new and beautiful step in the ecological transition of the Saudi capital!