USSaudiForum - Panel 4 - Mohammed Alsuwakiet - Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Systems


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The 3rd US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum was held Sep 16-18, 2013, bringing together officials, business people, educators and specialists highlighting the U.S.-Saudi trade relationship and how U.S. companies can participate in Saudi Arabia's expansion.

Saudi Arabia is undergoing an extraordinary economic boom. Massive public investment, rapid private-sector growth and new sector initiatives are driving an expansion projected to offer more than $1 trillion in trade and investment opportunities over the next decade.

This panel of distinguished experts highlighted creating efficient transportation, logistics and supply chain systems.

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USSaudiForum - Panel 4 - Mohammed Alsuwakiet - Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Systems

  1. 1. 1 Railways of Saudi Arabia Investing in our Future 17th September 2013
  2. 2. 2 History of Railways in Saudi Arabia • 1951 Aramco railway transportation of freight from the Arabian Gulf ports to Aramco facilities in Dhahran. • 1966 Aramco railway transferred to the state and became a public company • 1980s Riyadh-Dammam services introduced • Line 1 passenger - 449 km • Line 2 freight - 556 km
  3. 3. 3 History of Railways in Saudi Arabia Aramco era
  4. 4. 4 Developing a World Class Railway system • Saudi Arabia is similar in size to Western Europe and is one of the 20 largest economies in the world • Saudi Railways Master Plan 2010 – 2040 • Future railway with 19 different lines covering 9,900 km • Projects at different stages of implementation and identified as: • Level 1 high priority 2010 – 2025 approx 5,500 km • Level 2 medium priority 2026 – 2033 approx 3,000 km • Level 3 minor priority 2034 – 2040 approx 1,400 km • The Master Plan provides the basis for a long term sustainable development and step by step expansion of the Saudi Arabian Railway network.
  5. 5. 5 A Look to the Future
  6. 6. 6 Economic and Social Case for Rail Investment in Saudi Arabia • The Railway Master Plan is part of the National Transport Strategy (NTS) which has six strategic goals • Efficiency • Social and economic development • Safety • Environment • Security • Hajj Transport • Continued and considered investment in our railways will help to ensure: • National and regional development • Integration and interoperability within Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
  7. 7. 7 Rail Expansion in Saudi Arabia • Saudi Railways Organization (556 km freight, 449 km passenger) Expansion and introduction of High Speed services in 2016 • Haramain High Speed Rail. (449 km) The Makkah to Madinah rail link aims to provide a safe, high speed, comfortable mode of transport for passengers and pilgrims travelling between the holy cities • North South Rail. (2,400 km) Rail project currently transporting phosphates between Al Haditha and Hazm Al Jalamid with new port city of Ras Al Khair. Passenger service due to commence in 2015 • Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Rail Project. (2,177 km)The GCC rail link project extending from Saudi Arabia to Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Oman. This line will also to be extended to Yemen in its second phase • Landbridge. (950 km) Linking Dammam in the east with the Red Sea city of Jeddah in the west
  8. 8. 8 Expansion Projects  SRO Upgrades Haramain High Speed  North-South Railway Landbridge Madinah Jeddah Riyadh Al Haditha Hazm Aljalameed Hail Buraidah Ras Al Khair Zabeerah Dammam Jubail Haradh Hofuf Rabigh Jizan Makkah Taif Khamis Mushayt Yanbu Basita
  9. 9. 9 Saudi Railways Organization 68 locomotives 75 passenger coaches 2,165 freight wagons 1.838 million passenger- km/year 1.762 million ton-km of cargo/year Freight route – Dammam, Abqaiq, Hofuf, H aradh, Al Kharj, Riyadh Passenger route – Dammam, Abqaiq, Hofuf, R iyadh Riyadh Haradh Dammam 2nd Track : 449 km built in the 1980s and used by passenger trains 1st Track : 556 km built in the 1950s and now used only for freight service.
  10. 10. 10 Saudi Railways Organization • Major infrastructure and signaling upgrade • Introduction of new High Speed Trains now underway • Major drive in safety performance and culture • Customer Care and Service Quality at the heart of our business • Significant land available for investment and property development Passenger Trains
  11. 11. 11 Saudi Railways Organization Train Fleet - Freight trains
  12. 12. 12 Haramain High Speed Rail (HHR) • Providing passenger services between Makkah and Medina via Jeddah • 449 km double line, electrified for high speed trains • Max speed 320 km/h • Trial running during 2015 with planned start in 2016 • 5 stations with futuristic and iconic design. Medina, Rabigh, King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Makkah • Hajj and Umra • Connected to national network via Jeddah
  13. 13. 13 Futuristic station design Haramain High Speed Railway(HHR)
  14. 14. 14 Ongoing work progress track & stations Haramain High Speed Railway(HHR)
  15. 15. 15 North-South Railway • Will operate a total of 2,400 route km • Services to run between Al Haditha Intermodal station in the North, Riyadh and the new port city of Ras Al Khair to the east • Provide mineral, freight and passenger services • Will link with Landbridge project at Riyadh • Mineral line already in operation (phosphate) Al Haditha Ras Al Khair
  16. 16. 16 North-South Railway
  17. 17. 17 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Railway project • Promote Interoperability within the Gulf Member States • Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman • Construction already commenced in UAE • Total route length of 2,177 km (663 km within Saudi Arabia) • Mixed use railway but mostly freight • Passenger services up to 200 km/h • Freight services up to 120 km/h • Coordinated customs and immigration procedures
  18. 18. 18 Landbridge • Connects Jeddah on the Red Sea coast with the capital city of Riyadh which will connect to the upgraded line and through to Dammam on the east coast • New section between Dammam and Jubail • The completed project will total approx 950 km of dual track
  19. 19. 19 The Saudi Network
  20. 20. 20 Metro and LRT
  21. 21. 21 Metro and LRT Current • Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro (MMMP). 9 elevated stations on 18 km route. Use for pilgrims travelling between holy sites. 12 Car train sets with capacity for 3,000 passengers and up to 24 trains per hour. Further phases planned • Princess Noura University (PNU) Worlds largest female university with 14 elevated stations. Automated People Mover (APM) • King Abdullah Financial District Riyadh. Monorail under construction Design Construction Phase • Riyadh Metro: 6 separate lines, 85 stations 175 km track (contract awarded July 2013) • Jeddah Monorail: 3 lines, 40 stations, 108 km track • Medina Monorail: Early design phase • Mecca Metro: 4 lines, 88 stations, 182 km • Dammam and other cities now carrying out feasibility studies
  22. 22. 22 Metro and LRT in the Kingdom MMMP Princess Noura University Automated People Mover (APM) Riyadh Metro
  23. 23. 23 Saudi Railways Commission
  24. 24. 24 Saudi Railways Commission (SRC) • The Railways Commission established by Royal Decree in 2008 to provide a regulatory system which helps the railways develop in an efficient, safe and effective manner based on international best practice. • Issues operating licenses and safety certificates, grants and monitors concession agreements, regulates the disputes procedure and monitors performance • National body for Accident Investigation • Responsible for industry Standards and Interoperability • Promotes customer requirements and monitors levels of service • License conditions for railway operators include: - Requirement to have and comply with Safety Certificate - Maintain and develop Safety Management System (SMS) - Management Competence, Ownership, Financial and Insurance reports - Good practice and continuous improvement obligations - Fares regulation and customer satisfaction surveys
  25. 25. 25 • Safety Certificates issued: • Al Mashaer Al Mugaddasah Metro Project (MMMP), Princes Noura Universtiy (PNU), Saudi Arabian Railways Company (SAR) • Licenses issued: • Al Mashaer Al Mugaddasah Metro Project (MMMP), Princes Noura Universtiy (PNU) APM • Licences under preparation: • Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) (+Safety Certificate), Saudi Arabian Railways Company (SAR) • Licenses and Safety Certificates under development: • Haramain High Speed Rail (HHR) King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) • Standards and Interoperability Group commenced • Platform Heights Group commenced • Accident Investigation • A number of accidents investigated and recommendations made • Design Validation support: • HHR Riyadh Metro Makka Metro Saudi Railways Commission
  26. 26. 26 Thank You