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Qatar inks $406m deals for metro rail system

Qatar Railways Co signs contracts for its planned $36bn transport project in Doha

Qatar inks $406m deals for metro rail system
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Qatar Railways Co has signed contracts worth $406.4m for its planned $36bn metro in the Qatari capital, as part of the Gulf state's preparations to host the 2022 football World Cup.

The company awarded a contract for consulting engineering services and project management with US firm Jacobs Engineering Group to manage the metro's Red Line.

A team comprised of US-based Louis Berger and France's Egis Rail will manage the Gold Line and main stations, and US firm Hill International will manage the Green Line, managing director Abdullah al-Subaie told a news conference in Doha.

The three contracts are worth QR1.14bn ($313.1m, he said.

An enabling works contract worth QR288m ($79.1m) was also signed with PORR-SBG-HBK Group, a division of Qatari firm HBK Contracting Co.

Britain's Lloyd's Register won a contract for independent safety assessment worth QR55m ($15m).

Qatar's planned metro project will include four rail lines and will link stadiums for the 2022 tournament, 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.

Subaie said that a logistics coordinator for the project would be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"The tender has been floated, and it will be awarded in the fourth quarter," he said.

The contract to undertake design on tunneling work will be awarded in the first quarter of 2013, he said, adding that the total cost of the project was expected to be in line with previous projections of $36bn.

"The metro will begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2019," he said.

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Gloria Starr 7 years ago

Wonderful news! Congratulations.
I was in Doha a few months ago and was very impressed with the city, the people and plans for solid growth.