Thales signs main­te­nance con­tract with Saudi Rail­way Com­pany

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Thales, a global tech­nol­ogy leader for the aero­space and trans­port sec­tor, has signed a two-year main­te­nance con­tract with Saudi Rail­way Com­pany (SAR) to main­tain the sig­nalling, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and electro­mechan­i­cal sys­tems of the King­dom’s North-South Rail­ways project.

This con­tract also in­cludes the trans­fer of knowl­edge to SAR na­tional hu­man cap­i­tal teams, which is in line with the goals of Saudi Vi­sion 2030, the com­pany said.

The North­ern Train project in Saudi Ara­bia is the long­est rail­way in the world equipped with state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy sig­nalling and com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems, the ETCS Level 2. The project, cur­rently in op­er­a­tion, in­volved the construction of 2,400 km of track, sid­ings, yards, de­pots, sta­tions and ad­min­is­tra­tive fa­cil­i­ties of the two lines. SAR trans­ports pas­sen­gers from the cap­i­tal city of Riyadh to Qur­rayat in north­ern Saudi Ara­bia, in ad­di­tion to the heavy trans­port of min­er­als such as raw phos­phates and baux­ite from the Wa’ad Al-Shamal phos­phate mine.

The main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties will be per­formed by Thales’ trained en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians lo­cated across eight main­te­nance bases sit­u­ated along the rail­way line.

Thales will work with Bu­raidah’s Saudi Rail­way Polytech­nic to train 1,500 stu­dents to ob­tain vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“This will al­low SAR main­te­nance teams to grad­u­ally and ef­fi­ciently take over the main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties by the end of the two-year con­tract,” the com­pany said.

Jean-Yves Tolot, coun­try di­rec­tor of Thales in Saudi Ara­bia, said: “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. 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.”

He added: “This con­tract win fur­ther so­lid­i­fies our foot­print in the King­dom. Along with our part­ners we have es­tab­lished a solid in­dus­trial net­work to pro­vide main­te­nance and ser­vices to our cus­tomers in the King­dom.”

In the King­dom, Thales pro­vides main­te­nance ser­vices to the Al-Mashaer Al-Mu­gad­das­sah Makkah Metro (MMMP) and Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines.

The North­ern Train project in Saudi Ara­bia is the long­est rail­way in the world.

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