Qatar Railways Company will delay tenders for the country's planned metro system until the first quarter of 2012 in order to complete more detailed studies on the project, a company official said on Tuesday.
"We will float the first tenders by the first quarter of 2012 and will award the project later in the year, in the fourth quarter. We need more time to review and evaluate it," Qatar Railways Company Group director Ghanim Al-Ibrahim told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Qatari capital Doha.
The company, which had originally planned to issue the first tender by the end of this year, has received bids from around 60 consortia containing a minimum of two contractors per consortium, Ibrahim said.
The Gulf state plans to spend a total of QR150bn ($41.2bn) on the metro project, which will link stadia for the 2022 World Cup, he said.
During the peak of construction Qatar's metro project will employ more than 20,000 workers, he said.
Criteria for awarding the project include "how big the company is, their experience, their resources, their workload and who is their local partner," he said.
The tiny Gulf Arab state, which last December won the rights to host the 2022 soccer tournament, has allocated 40 percent of its budget between now and 2016 to infrastructure projects.
It will spend $11bn on a new international airport, $5.5bn on a deep-water seaport and $1bn for a transport corridor in the capital, Doha. It will spend $20bn on roads.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.
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