Qatar awards $406.4 mln in contracts for planned metro


By Regan Doherty

DOHA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Qatar Railways Co on Sunday signed contracts worth $406.4 million for its planned $36 billion metro in the Qatari capital, as part of the tiny Gulf state’s preparations to host the 2022 soccer World Cup.

World Cup 2022 Stadium
World Cup 2022 Stadium

The company awarded a contract for consulting engineering services and project management with U.S. firm Jacobs Engineering Group to manage the metro’s Red Line.

A team comprised of U.S.-based Louis Berger and France’s Egis Rail will manage the Gold Line and main stations, and U.S. firm Hill International will manage the Green Line, Managing Director Abdullah al-Subaie told a news conference in Doha.

The three contracts are worth 1.14 billion Qatari riyals ($313.1 mln), he said.

An enabling works contract worth 288 million riyals ($79.1 mln) was also signed with PORR-SBG-HBK Group, a division of Qatari firm HBK Contracting Co.

Britain’s Lloyd’s Register won a contract for independent safety assessment worth 55 million riyals ($15 mln).

Qatar’s planned metro project will include four rail lines and will link stadiums for the 2022 tournament, 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.

Subaie said that a logistics coordinator for the project would be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2012. More info