Qatar Foundation orders 19 sustainable trams

Siemens aims to build the “most energy-efficient tram” for the 11.5km Doha network

Qatar Foundation has placed an order for 19 energy efficient Avenio trams to run on the 11.5km Doha tram network when it opens in 2015.

Developed by Siemens, the trams feature the Sitras hybrid energy storage (HES) system to allow operation without an overhead contact line, using 30% less energy per year.

Siemens will also supply signaling and communication technology as well as depot equipment, and equip four of the planned 25 stations with platform screen doors.

The trams have been designed for operation in Qatar’s harsh arid climate, with air conditioning, sun protectors over the roof and low floor technology and double doors to reduce stop times.

“Siemens’ long-standing tram history, which dates back as many as 130 years, means that we are in a unique position to design and supply transportation systems and solutions tailored to our customers’ needs, no matter where they are located,” said Joerg Scheifler, CEO, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities, Middle East.

“This award is yet another milestone for Siemens in its endeavor to be a key driver in Qatar’s ongoing and rapid transformation.”

Siemens describes the order – which is part of a strategic partnership Siemens and Qatar Foundation entered into last year –  as a “major contract” that will “set new benchmarks for public transportation in the region”.

Also under the partnership Siemens will assist in developing Qatar’s infrastructure capability and competence, including establishing an innovation centre in Qatar Science and Technology Park and plan s for Siemens to double its workforce in Qatar over the next two years.

“This order is in line with Qatar’s 2030 national vision to balance economic growth, social development and environmental protection. The highly-efficient Avenio tram system places Qatar at the forefront of technology in public transportation, not only in the Middle East but globally, and fits well into the country’s comprehensive urban development plan,” said Martin á Porta, CEO of Siemens WLL, the Qatari unit of Siemens AG.

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