Qatar Rail awards $406m in contracts
Doha, August 13, 2012
Qatar Railways has signed five contracts at a total cost of QR1.48 billion ($406.5 million) to signal the beginning of the first phase of the state’s integrated railways project within the first quarter of 2013.
The Qatar integrated railways project will incorporate a metro system and a long-distance passenger travel and freight transport network.
The first phase of the project to cover three milestones, constituting 129km of track including Red, Green and Yellow lines, will focus on the highly populated coastal stretch of the country, linking Al Khor in the north down to Al Wakrah and Mesaieed in the south.
The first phase is expected to complete by October 2019 with the second phase expected to take off thereafter.
The Red Line will carry the majority of the national traffic and connect the key stadiums to be used during the 2022 games.
About 19 different consultants are expected to work on the first phase of the project which will start within the first quarter of the next year.
An enabling work contract agreement worth QR288 million was signed between Qatar Rail and a consortium Porr-SBG-HBK group.
Qatar Rail’s executive committee chairman Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Subaie and HBK’s Sheikh Ali bin Hamad al-Thani signed the agreement in the presence of Qatar Rail’s chief executive officer Saad Ahmed Al-Mohannadi.
Three other contracts at a value of QR1.14 billion for consulting engineering services and project management were signed with another three different firms, including Jacobs Engineering Group, to manage the Red Line; Louis Berger/Egis Rail consortium to manage the Gold Line and main station; and Hill International Company to manage the Green Line.
Also yesterday (August 12), a contract worth QR55mn, for independent security and safety, was signed between Qatar Rail and Lloyds Register.
Other projects being managed by Qatar Railways Company towards achieving the integrated rail project is the Lusail City’s light-rail transit system which is expected to be inaugurated in August 2016, according to Al-Mohannadi.
Doha’s bid to host the 2022 Fifa football World Cup is expected to trigger a huge investment programme as it seeks to build stadium and associated infrastructure projects, such as the Doha Metro. – TradeArabia News Service