Doha Metro tenders delayed to Q2



Jan 31 (Reuters) – Tenders for the Doha Metro project will be issued in the second quarter, Qatar Railways Co’s group director said on Tuesday, in the second delay in tendering the $41 billion rail project.

“It will be in April or May,” Ghanim al-Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone.

In October, the company said it would delay tenders until the first quarter of 2012 in order to complete more detailed studies on the project.

Qatar Railways, which had originally planned to issue the first tender by the end of 2011, said in October it had received bids from around 60 consortiums with at least two contractors each.

The project will include four rail lines and will link stadiums for the 2022 soccer World Cup which Qatar will host, with an underground component in the centre of the capital Doha. It is expected to employ more than 20,000 workers during the peak of construction. More info