German rail group to ink $25bn Qatar deal
Heidelberg (Germany), November 20, 2009
German rail and logistics group Deutsche Bahn is set to sign a 17 billion euro ($25 billion) contract with Qatar, German transport minister Peter Ramsauer said on Friday.
The two parties plan to sign the agreement on Sunday, Ramsauer said at a meeting of transport ministers, adding the deal included building a connection to Doha airport.
Separately, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported in its online edition on Friday that Deutsche Bahn had won a 17 billion euro contract to build a passenger and freight rail network in Qatar.
The newspaper, which cited government sources for its story, said German industrial group Siemens could be involved in supplying trains and the German building industry in the construction of the rail network.
The project would involve the construction of a rail network in Qatar's capital, Doha, as well as the high-speed connection to the airport, and a link to Bahrain, Handelsblatt reported.-Reuters