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Qatar Rail cancels Doha Metro station contract

Consolidated Contractors to continue $1.4bn Major Stations project after previous agreement axed

Qatar Rail has terminated a contract to build key stations for the Doha Metro, with a new partner set to take over the work in two weeks’ time.

The contract to construct the Msheireb and Education City stations was in May 2013 awarded to a consortium comprising Samsung C&T, Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) and Qatar Building Company.

But the $1.4bn ‘Major Stations’ contract has been terminated, and Consolidated Contractors SAL (CCC) appointed to take over the construction work.

“CCC is to take over the project from the SOQ JV (Samsung, OHL and QBC) in 14 days’ time,” Qatar Rail said on its website.

OHL reportedly said that the reason for the termination of the contract was “non-compliance of certain contractual obligations”.

Qatar Rail said it “was doing all it could to minimize any delays and risks to this part of the Doha Metro project.”

It added: “Work will continue on the Major Stations project sites as planned and discussions are underway with the subcontractors to ensure continuity… Qatar Rail stated that it will take every step to protect its rights and believes that its decision was made on solid contractual grounds.”

Qatar Rail recently announced that its tunneling activity was around 90% complete and that the overall Doha Metro project was nearing 40% completion.

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