Skip to content Skip to Search
Skip navigation

Neom awards $5bn contract for Trojena dam project

Italian company WeBuild will construct three dams to create a 2.8 km-long lake at Trojena, which will host the 2029 Asian Winter Games Neom
Italian company WeBuild will construct three dams to create a 2.8 km-long lake at Trojena, which will host the 2029 Asian Winter Games

Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion Neom giga-project has awarded Italian contractor Webuild a $4.7 billion infrastructure development contract for the Trojena mountain destination.

The Italian company will construct three dams to create the 2.8-km-long freshwater lake at Trojena, which will host the 2029 Asian Winter Games. 

The main dam will be made of roller-compacted concrete (RCC) and will be 145 m high, 475 m long and hold 2.7 million cubic metres of water, Webuild said in a statement.

The second dam will also be in RCC, while the third will be in rock, with a volume of 4.3 million cubic metres.

An artificial lake will cover an area of 1.5 sq km and will have an island for botanical dives and walks. The lake, the kingdom’s largest architecturally crafted body of water, is a central feature of Trojena’s German studio Lava’s designed masterplan.

Webuild will also create the Bow, an architectural structure extending over the lake’s surface beyond the front of the main dam. It will be shaped like the prow of a ship suspended over the valley, and house a luxury hotel, a residential area and a large central atrium for hospitality facilities.

More than 10,000 people, including direct and third-party personnel, will be involved in the construction.

“We have already completed around three million cubic metres of excavation at the lake site, and we continue to excavate 90,000 cubic metres of rock per week,” said Philip Gullett, executive director, region head, at Trojena. 

Webuild is already constructing 57 km of the Connector high-speed railway line between Oxagon and The Line in Neom.

In addition, the company is working on line 3 of the underground metro in Riyadh, which, at 42 km, will be the longest line in the Saudi capital.

With its Fisia Italimpianti subsidiary, Webuild is engaged in the construction and long-term management of the water treatment plant at the Zuluf onshore oil complex. 

Latest articles

UAE France

Climate transition galvanises ties between UAE and France

Climate transition is becoming a central focus of economic cooperation between the UAE and France as the countries agreed to establish a “Bilateral Climate Investment Platform”. The platform aims to accelerate joint projects and investments in clean energy sectors, with a particular focus on advancing the decarbonisation of industries such as steel, cement and petrochemicals. […]

UAE new cairo

UAE developer to build $2bn project in Egypt’s New Cairo

Egypt’s New Urban Communities Authority and the UAE’s UDC Real Estate Development Company have signed a contract to develop an EGP60 billion ($1.9 billion) urban development project in New Cairo. Named The Crest, the development in the Hadayek Al-Andalus area will be built on a plot spanning 665,000 sq m. It will comprise residential, commercial […]

Baghdad South power plant: Iraq generates 80% of its power using fossil fuels

Iraq plans push on solar and green hydrogen projects

Iraq is planning to build solar plants and its first green hydrogen project as part of a strategy to tackle power shortages and reduce its carbon footprint. The country’s cabinet has approved a proposal to install 12 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2030, said a National Investment Commission representative, Rahim Al Jaafari. Projects capable […]

Muslim pilgrims pray on the Mount of Mercy outside the holy city of Mecca during the annual hajj pilgrimage in 2023

Saudi visas on arrival for European and US pilgrims

Saudi Arabia is offering visa on arrival for pilgrims who are resident in the EU, US and UK, or who possess a valid visa for those countries. The decision is part of efforts to boost religious tourism to the country.   The Saudi ministry of Hajj and Umrah revealed the new regulations for the Umrah pilgrimage […]