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Aces wins geotechnical contract for Saudi metro

Aces Jeddah has been awarded the geotechnical investigation contract for the preliminary design phase for Jeddah Metro in Saudi Arabia.

The Jeddah Metro project comprises several transportation networks including a rail network, a bus network, a marine transportation line, a tram route, a suspension bridge and a number of public transportation stations.

The work undertaken by Aces consists of drilling a total of 150 boreholes to depths ranging from 10m to 45m below existing ground surface, installation of piezometers, and performing field and laboratory tests.

So far seven drilling rigs have been mobilised and are operating together with more than 60 staff that have been deployed.

The scope of work includes the Al-Muntalaq station, light rail transit (LRT) lines B, C and D covering 37km and 39 stations, and bus rapid transit (BRT) lines across 27km.

The approved budget for Jeddah Metro is US $12bn (£7.6bn) over seven years, but the cost is expected to increase due to adjustments in the plan.

The project is expected to be complete by 2020.

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