Alstom opens new regional office in Riyadh

The new office will serve as a hub for the development of Alstom’s operations across the Gulf and wider region

Alstom has announced the opening of its new regional office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The firm said the new office will serve as a hub for the development of Alstom’s operations across the Gulf and the wider region, providing marketing, tax and finance services to the region, in addition to railway maintenance services, supplier quality development and monitoring.

According to a statement, the new office will also serve to further leverage Saudi Vision 2030 to encourage regional talent development, and actively build localised capability in the Kingdom, in alignment with Alstom’s growth. Within the new regional office, Alstom will bring its condition-based and predictive maintenance solution, HealthHub to Riyadh to support the railway infrastructure innovations in Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom’s HealthHub digital centre will start monitoring a fleet of 748 cars in real-time for Riyadh Metro, Jeddah Airport People Mover, and Haramain High-Speed Train. It will be operated by a team of rail mobility engineers and data scientists with an opportunity to provide advanced expertise and digital services to both Alstom and non-Alstom rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling in and outside of the Kingdom.

In early September 2021, Alstom delivered the first two trains for the Cairo Monorail project.

Launched in 2014, HealthHub is Alstom’s proven solution for condition-based and predictive maintenance, continuously monitoring the health of railway assets, maximising availability and reliability, while optimising lifecycle costs.

The technology anticipates faults before they occur, avoiding over-maintenance, reducing the need for physical inspection, and decreasing train downtime by up to 30%. It currently monitors over 18,000 cars from 90 different fleets around the world including in the UAE, Morocco, and Algeria.

By establishing the HealthHub digital centre and a new regional office in Riyadh, Alstom said it will be able to access high-echelon talent and contribute to the next chapter of the Kingdom’s development.

Later in September 2021, the firm appointed new members to its AMECA leadership team.

Alstom first arrived in Saudi Arabia in the 1950s. Since then, the company has been a key contributor to the advancement of the region’s transport infrastructure, it notes. Some of the recent projects in the Kingdom include the supply of an integrated Metro System for Lines 4, 5 and 6 as part of the FAST Consortium and line 3 within the ArRiyadh New Mobility Consortium (ANM).

As a Member of FLOW, Alstom also provides operation and maintenance services for Lines 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh Metro. For the Haramain high-speed rail line between Mecca and Medina, Alstom supplied Talgo with the Mitrac TC 3300 propulsion equipment and Flexifloat high speed bogies for the powerheads of the 35 very high-speed trains, as well as the VIP train for the 450km line and is contracted with the maintenance.

Additionally, Alstom is responsible for the construction of King Abdullah Financial District’s monorail transit system. Finally, Alstom is the supplier and operation and maintenance provide of the turnkey Innovia APM 300 automated people mover system at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

In October 2022, Alstom signed a five-year $53mn O&M contract with Jeddah Airports Company.

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