Jacobs To Consult On Industrial Cities Development in Saudi Arabia
It’s been a good year so far for the Jacobs Engineering Group. Over the last month, the Pasadena, California-based technical professional management firm has nabbed a pair of major contracts deals in Saudi Arabia and the UK.
The Saudi government has awarded the firm a major two-year ‘framework agreement’ to work with the Saudi Industry Property Authority (MODON) to provide “supervisory consulting services” to support the development of three new industrial cities in Saudi Arabia.
Under the terms of this contract, Jacobs will manage and supervise several construction contracts for the development of the three industrial cities as part of multi-billion dollar investment into 40 industrial cities that span a total area of nearly 68 square miles. Jacobs said in a statement that, “The construction works required include various integrated infrastructure and services including roads, water distribution, power and telecommunications.”
The goal of the project, the company says, is to “support MODON’s mission of providing distinctive and unique industrial cities and technology zones of the highest quality throughout the Kingdom” and “support Saudi Arabia’s mission of achieving a knowledge-based economy and industrial diversification.”
JACOBS TO SUPPORT RAIL FROM WEST ENGLAND TO HEATHROW AIRPORT
Last month, Jacobs inked a contract with Network Rail to support its proposed new rail link from the west of England to London’s Heathrow airport. The proposed Western Rail Access to Heathrow includes a new direct, double-track link between the Great Western main line at Langley in Berkshire (16 miles west of Paddington Station in London) into Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport.
The link is expected to “provide greater connectivity from south Wales, the west of England and the Thames Valley; making journeys faster, reducing congestion on other routes, and providing significant economic benefits for businesses in the region,” Jacobs says, adding the work on the Network Rail project will extend over the next year.
Under the terms of the contract, the scope of Jacobs work includes topographical surveys and geotechnical investigations, tunneling design for the new 3.1 mile route, and railway systems designs for track and overhead line equipment.
In line with Jacobs Engineering’s corporate policy, the financial terms of either the MODON or Network Rail contract were not disclosed.