Drilling work for Qatar’s Doha Metro will start at the beginning of 2013, Saad Al Mohannadi, Qatar Railway Development Co.’s chief executive officer said on Wednesday.
Tenders for the work will be awarded by the end of this year, he told reporters in the Qatari capital Doha, Bloomberg reported.
Tenders for the project will be issued in the second quarter, Qatar Railways Co said previously, in the second delay in tendering the $41bn rail project.
Qatar Railways, which had originally planned to issue the first tender by the end of 2011, said in October it had received bids from around 60 consortiums with at least two contractors each.
The project will include four rail lines and will link stadiums for the 2022 soccer World Cup which Qatar will host, with an underground component in the centre of the capital Doha.
It is expected to employ more than 20,000 workers during the peak of construction.
In 2009 Deutsche Bahn and state-owned Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co signed an agreement to design the project.
The Gulf state, the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter, has allocated 40 percent of its budget between now and 2016 to infrastructure projects.
It plans to spend $11bn on a new international airport, $5.5bn on a deep-water seaport and $1bn for a transport corridor in Doha. It will spend an additional $20bn on roads.
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