Metro deals awarded

Qatar’s rail infrastructure will help the logistics needs of its fast growing economy and those of the soccer World Cup

01 July 2013

The Doha Metro took a big step forward with Qatar Rail awarding awarded four design and build contracts worth about QR30bn ($8.2bn) for Phase 1 of the project.

Doha Metro will have four rail lines and an underground section in the centre of the capital Doha. It will link stadiums for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament to be held in the country.

Qatar Rail, which is overseeing the construction of the Gulf state’s railway network, said awarding of the contracts marked “a key milestone” in the development of Qatar’s ambitious rail plan.

It said construction of Phase 1 was scheduled to begin later this year, and expected to be completed by 2019.

Contracts related to Phase 1 comprise the Red Line North (RLN), Red Line South (RLS) and Green Line (GRN) as well as major stations.

The RLN project contract has been awarded to a consortium led by Impregilo and comprising SK Engineering & Construction Co Ltd and Galfar Al Misnad Engineering & Contracting, Qatar Rail said.

The RLS was won by a consortium led by QDVC and including GS Engineering and Construction Corp, and AI Darwish Engineering.

The contract for the GRN was awarded to a consortium led by PORR Bau and includes the Saudi Binladin Group Company Ltd and Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting Co, it added.

The major stations contract, which includes one at Msheireb and another at Education City, was won by a consortium led by Samsung C&T Corporation and comprising Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) and Qatar Building Company.

“Qatar Rail is working hard to start construction by the year’s end, so that the first phase operations begin by 2019,” Qatar Rail said.

“This is a big step towards putting Qatar Rail into operations and moving forward with the work ahead of us as we build the future of Qatar.”

Doha Metro’s four lines will connect major sites in the city, including Education City, West Bay, Lusail, Hamad Bin Khalifa International Airport and QNCC.

According to Qatar Rail the tenders witnessed high competition which enabled Qatar Rail to get competitive bidding.

The company added: “The entire project features a sustainable design that consumes fewer resources, generates less waste, costs less to operate, and achieves a reduced carbon footprint.”

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