By Andy Sambidge
Company says contract covers design reviews, work supervision and testing of Phase 1 of transport project
The Qatar Railways Company has awarded the SYSTRA-Parsons joint venture a €170 million ($234 million) project management and work’s supervision contract for Phase I of the Doha Metro.
The JV said in a statement that the project "strengthens the Group’s presence in this high-potential region and consolidates new business growth in line with objectives".
Doha Metro's four lines will connect major sites in the city, including the Education City, West Bay, Lusail, Hamad Bin Khalifa International Airport and the QNCC.
The metro project is part of development plans for the capital Doha and will be completed in time for the 2022 Football World Cup.
It will comprise urban and suburban lines that will form the central structure for the country’s rail network and provide connections to strategic areas including the stadiums where the 2022 World Cup matches will be held.
The contract covers design reviews, work’s supervision, testing and tracking acceptance activities. As lead consultant, SYSTRA will be responsible for signalling, driverless systems, rolling stock and depots, the statement said.
It added: "The scope of the contract allows the Group to strengthen a long-term presence in this strategic country as part of its growth strategy."
Phase 1 of the metro, which is due for commissioning in 2019, features 85km of line including a 55km tunnel section and 37 stations.For all the latest construction 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.