Saudi Railway Company (SAR) and Alstom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop hydrogen train solutions adapted for the country.
The agreement was signed at InnoTrans 2022 by Khaled Alharbi, Senior Vice President Operations at SAR, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mohamed Khalil, Managing Director of Alstom Saudi Arabia, after a series of meetings where both parties discussed the increasingly demanding access to seamless, safe, integrated and sustainable public transport services.
The objective is to explore opportunities for the future of sustainable mobility in Saudi Arabia and actively work to develop and implement solutions related to railway infrastructure and capability aligned with Vision 2030.
With this MoU, Alstom has reaffirmed its aim to create global mobility champions rooted in Saudi Arabia and to establish a long-lasting partnership with Saudi Arabian Railways.
“The focus on sustainable mobility solutions including the hydrogen technology will be a key enabler to the diversification and economic growth of the Kingdom,” Mama Sougoufara, the managing director of Alstom for MENAT region (Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey).
Recently, Saudi Arabia also announced its Net Zero by 2060 commitment, becoming one of the first countries in the region to do so. Sustainable mobility infrastructure such as railway transport will play a key role in realising the country’s sustainability goals as it gears to creating a more sustainable future for its citizens and the region.
Saudi Railway Company has recently announced that is interested to collaborate with rail industry and to engage companies in the projects aiming at rail expansion. The country would build 3,000 km of new railway lines to provide a connected network which will attract passengers and freight business sector to shift the transport towards railways allowing the reduction of emissions.