12 MARCH 2018: It is clearly a source of immense professional satisfaction for Humam Hassan that Freyssinet Saudi Arabia should be the only Saudi partner in the FAST Consortium.
A member of the consortium’s Project Management Group and the Riyadh Branch manager for the design-build contracting giant, Hassan says Freyssinet Saudi Arabia has played a valuable role providing ‘on the ground’ knowhow and strategic support to the international partners in FAST.
“Some of the consortium partners had never worked in Saudi Arabia before, so we have had a significant input,” he explains. “What we can offer is the local knowledge and expertise of a company which has worked on large projects in Saudi Arabia for the last 40 years. To be able to offer this to some of the world’s largest and best contractors is fantastic for us, and for them.”
For Freyssinet, which is responsible for just over eight per cent of the scope of package 3 in terms of value, the Riyadh Metro has been an opportunity to scale up its capabilities, capacities and even recalibrate its long-term strategic business goals. “The Metro is a project of atypical complexity which has undoubtedly taken Freyssinet Saudi Arabia to another level. We invested in the opportunity to be part of the Metro by mobilising our best resources in many different areas, and this investment is paying off,” he explains. “We are now well equipped to pursue other large infrastructure project opportunities in the pipeline in Saudi Arabia,” Hassan adds.
As a subcontractor to FAST, Freyssinet has also been active on Lines 4 and 6, building the depot facilities (structure, design and finish) located close to Line 4 and deploying its PSM (precast segmental method) and BCM (balanced cantilever method) capabilities on stretches of curved and sloped viaducts. The company is also building three park and ride facilities alongside elevated stations 4E1 and 6F1 on Lines 4 and 6 respectively, as well as a facility next to underground station 6G1.
“As part of FAST we built the longest span bridge on the whole Metro network,” says Hassan.Subscribe to continue reading...