Qatar's QRail inks $535m Lusail rail deal

Qatari Diar Vinci Construction wins contract for new phase of light rail transit system
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By Andy Sambidge
Mon 13 Feb 2012 06:45 PM

Qatar Railways Company (QRail) has signed a QR1.95bn ($535.4m) contract with Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC) for the new phase of works on the Lusail Light Rail Transit system, it was reported on Monday.

The transport system will serve the new city of Lusail, which stretches over 37 sq km of waterfront, Qatar daily Gulf Times reported.

Organised into 19 mixed-use districts, it will eventually accommodate 200,000 residents and as many daily workers and visitors.

QRail CEO Saad Ahmed Ibrahim al-Mohannadi was quoted as saying: “The contract valued at QR1.95bn covers civil engineering works in seven underground stations, the construction of a viaduct over the motorway between Doha and the northern part of the country, and preliminary works on an LRT depot and maintenance workshop."

He added that the works were expected to take approximately 38 months to complete.

The Lusail rail project of four lines totalling 30km and 35 stations is being built in several phases.

The next and final phase of the works will include rolling stock and systems and the project is slated for handover in 2016, the paper said.

QDVC deputy CEO Hamad al-Bishri added: “QDVC is honoured to be the first contractor of Qatar Railways Company, delivering the first rail project in Qatar in Lusail.”

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