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Mon 24 May 2010 08:14 AM

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Qatar signs $576m infrastructure contracts

Public works authority inks agreements; largest project for port expansion.

Qatar signs $576m infrastructure contracts
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Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has signed contracts worth QR2.1bn ($576m) as the Gulf state continues to invest in its infrastructure.

The deals were inked with various companies for a total of five projects including the Doha and Rayyan Sewerage lines phase 1 (Mesaimeer), phase 2 (Ain Khalid), Doha South Sewerage Treatment Works expansion phase 2, Al-Ruwais Port expansion works and renovation of Qatar Radio and Television Corporation Complex.

The biggest project to be awarded was the QR781.7m expansion work on the Al Ruwais Port on the northern tip of the peninsula, Gulf Times reported on Monday.

The contract went to Consolidate Engineering and Construction Company, which will start work on June 20.

The project will be executed in three phases - development of Al-Ruwais Port (phase 2), marine facilities for fishing harbour, and miscellaneous facilities like warehouses, mosques, rest areas and a cafeteria, the paper added.

Last month, a senior official said all ongoing and soon to be launched mega projects in Qatar would be completed by 2026.

This is the target date for multi-billion dollar projects to transform the Gulf state's transportation system, including a metro system, Ibrahim Abbass, infrastructure and transportation planning director at the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP) said.

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