By Michael Fahy
First phase of the $19.2 billion Doha Metro project will have have 37 stations
The contract for the system to be used in the first phase of the $19.2 billion (QR70bn) Doha Metro project is likely to be awarded within the next two weeks, according to Qatar Rail's deputy CEO Hamad Al Bishri.
Speaking at the GCC Rail and Metro Conference yesterday, Al Bishri said that to date it has awarded eight design and build contracts for all of the lines, plus an initial enabling contract.
"In the first phase we have 37 stations, work has started at 33 of them. The system contract is due to be awarded this month, Insha'Allah," he said, giving an update on the project.
He added that a contract for the rolling stock is also likely to be awarded by the end of the first quarter of this year.
Work on the first phase is being carried out under five separate contracts - the Gold Line, Green Line, Red Line North, Red Line South and the Major Stations packages. Four of these were awarded in 2013 and the Gold Line package was awarded in April last year.
Al Bishri said that the first phase, which is due to be operational by 2019, requires 21 tunnel boring machines. Some 15 of these have already been delivered to Doha, he added.
"For the overall status of the Doha Metro project, we are now almost on time. For a project of five years, sometimes there are delays at the start, but overall we are on time," said Al Bishri.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.