QRail awards Phase I contracts for Doha Metro

Three contracts worth a total of $313m awarded to firms to manage three rail lines

Qatar Rail Company (Qrail) has awarded consulting engineering services and project management contracts worth a total of $313.14m, marking the beginning of the first phase of the Gulf country’s integrated railways project within the first quarter of 2013.

The three contracts were awarded to Jacobs Engineering Group, to manage the Red Line, Louis Berger/Egis Rail consortium to manage the Gold Line and main station, and Hill International Company to manage the Green Line.

Qrail also awarded the Porr (Austria)-Saudi Binladin Group (SBG)-HBK Contracting (local) consortium the $79m enabling work contract which includes site facilities, civil structures and removing utilities in preparation for the tunnelling and major stations packages.

The 300km-long Doha Metro will comprise four lines; the Red Line, Gold Line, Green Line and Blue Line. Once completed, the rail project will have 80 stations.

The first phase is expected to complete by October 2019.

The Doha Metro is part of the $35bn Qatar Integrated Rail Programme (QIRP), which also includes plans for a 30km Lusail light-railway, a $2.7bn West Bay people-mover, a line which will connect the new Doha Convention Centre with the West Bay area, a high-speed passenger line and a 340km freight rail line.

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