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Parsons wins consultancy contract for mega Saudi futuristic project

RIYADH, February 6, 2023

Parsons Corporation, a leading US engineering and construction group, said it has been appointed as a delivery partner for The Line, the centrepiece project for Neom, the ‘land of the future’ being developed in northwest Saudi Arabia. 
 
Envisaged as a model for future sustainable urban living, The Line is being designed to have no cars, no roads, no carbon emissions, and to operate on 100% clean energy, said the statement from Parsons.
 
It is one of the most complex and challenging infrastructure projects in the world. The 170 km-long, 200-m wide and 500-m tall linear urban development will be built around nature, instead of over it, serving as a blueprint for how people can live in harmony with the natural environment, it stated. 
 
Prioritising the health and well-being of its citizens, the giga-project addresses some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity today, such as outdated infrastructure, pollution, traffic, and human congestion, said Parsons. 
 
A leading disruptive technology provider in the national security and global infrastructure markets, Parsons  has key interests in transportation and urban development as well as cyber, space and missile defence.  
 
The contract was awarded to Parsons under a framework agreement for consultancy services on The Line. Work on The Line began in Q1 of 2021.
 
As one of the largest giga-projects of Saudi Vision 2030, Neom aims to achieve exceptional livability, a thriving business environment and a reinvention of conservation. 
 
In collaboration with Neom and other delivery partner organisations, Parsons will provide project and construction management consultancy services for the design, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of The Line, together with the management of the critical interfaces that the project shares with adjacent Neom projects and logistics.
 
This collaborative delivery model is essential to managing the program’s scale, complexity, supply chain, and requirements for innovation.
 
"The Line is a civilisational revolution inspired by the dream of sustainable urban living in harmony with nature," said Pierre Santoni, the President for the Middle East and Africa at Parsons. 
 
"Closely aligned to Parsons’ own mission of delivering a safer, cleaner, and more connected world, we are proud that as The Line’s delivery partner, our work will not just reshape the region, but will reimagine the future of sustainable urban living around the world," explained Santoni.
 
"The Line’s delivery partners will work as one to ensure the project is constructed in accordance with the ethos of Neom, with safety, collaboration, and sustainability at its heart. Together, they will build a team across multiple areas of expertise and are expected to grow to 6,000 staff at peak (2025-26)," he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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