Qatar Railways (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of the much-anticipated integrated railway network, is pleased to announce the awarding of four ‘Design & Build’ Contracts for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro Project for a total of approximately QAR 30 Billions.
The awarding of these contracts for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro marks a key milestone in the development of Qatar Rail Development Program, with the construction of Phase 1 scheduled to begin later this year, and expected to be completed by 2019.
The contracts relate to Phase 1, and comprise the following underground sections:
- Red Line North (RLN)
- Red Line South (RLS)
- Green Line (GRN)
- Major Stations (MS)
The Red Line North (RLN) project is being awarded to a consortium led by Impregilo S.P.A, and comprising of S.K. Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, and Galfar Al Misnad Engineering & Contracting W.L.L.
The Red Line South (RLS) project is being awarded to a consortium led by QDVC and includes GS Engineering and Construction Corp, and AI-Darwish Engineering W.L.L.
The contract for the Green Line (GRN) project is being awarded to a consortium led by PORR Bau GmbH and includes the Saudi Binladin Group Company Ltd. and Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting Co. W.L.L.
And the fourth contract is being awarded for the Major Stations (MS) project. There will be two stations included in this package – one at Msheireb and the other at the Education City. This contract is being awarded to a consortium led by Samsung C&T Corporation and comprises of Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL) and Qatar Building Company.
The awarding of these contracts is a very important and essential stage for the development of Qatar Rail Development Program (QRDP). “Qatar Rail is working hard to start construction by the year’s end, so that the first phase operations begin by 2019”. “This is a big step towards putting Qatar Rail into operations and moving forward with the work ahead of us as we build the future of Qatar, inspired by the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, that recommends the development of the country’s rail industry”.
Qatar Rail is committed to achieving the highest international standards in creating this signature project in national development that will become an international legacy for Qatar for generations to come”.
Doha Metro will be one of the most modern rail networks in the world. The four lines of the Doha Metro will connect major sites in the city, including the Education City, West Bay, Lusail, Hamad Bin Khalifa International Airport and the QNCC”. According to Qatar Rail the tenders witnessed high competition which enabled Qatar Rail to get competitive bidding.
The awarding of the contracts for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro marks a key milestone in the development of the Qatar Rail project. It symbolizes Qatar Rail commitment to the implementation of this project. It is also a testament to the swift progress Qatar Rail is making in the construction works. The awarding of these contracts, conﬁrms the start of the translation of the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani into a reality.
The awarding of these contracts marked an important step in the implementation of one of the largest infrastructure projects in Qatar.
“The project aims to design, develop and operate an integrated and world class rail system as part of Qatar’s development plans.”
The scope of work for the Red Line North comprises the design and construction of 13 km twin bored tunnel, including 7 underground stations, between the proposed Msheireb Underground Station and Doha Golf Course via Doha West Bay. For this, 4 tunnel boring machines are proposed to bore the required rail tunnels. The tunnels will be built at an average depth of 20 meters below ground.
Similarly, the scope of Red Line South contract comprises the design and construction of the underground works below central Doha, including 6 underground stations, between the proposed Msheireb Underground Station and the New Doha International Airport (now known as Sheikh Hamad International Airport) and incorporates the main depot and maintenance facilities. This package will approximately comprise 13.8 km twin bored tunnel at an average depth of 25 meters below ground level utilizing five tunnel boring machines. The maximum depth point will approximately reach 50 m below ground level.
As for the scope for the Green Line Contract, it comprises the design and construction of the underground works below central Doha and to the West of the city, between the proposed Msheireb Underground Station and through to Al Rayyan Stadium. There will be 8 underground stations, in addition to a 16.6km twin bored tunnel. The rail tunnels will be built at an average depth of 20 meters below ground.
Major Stations, are a standalone package to focus efforts for what is considered to be the two key stations for the whole integration of the Metro project. “The scope of work comprises the construction of two interchange stations. The excavation for Msheireb Station of approximately 42 meters below ground level will be one of the deepest excavations within the project”.
“All the technical and commercial committees worked in the past months diligently with full transparency to ensure the awarding of contracts for the best alliances technically and commercially”.
“Although the Tunnelling and the Construction of the Stations are being executed for the first time in Qatar, Qatar Rail has succeeded in engaging Qatari contracting companies in all consortiums of the awarded contracts. Local companies joining with international contractors in a joint venture like this helps Qatari companies to further enhance their skills and capabilities and encourages the transfer of knowledge and expertise”.
“The entire project features a sustainable design that consumes fewer resources, generates less waste, costs less to operate, and achieves a reduced carbon footprint”. Qatar Rail, has facilitated for Qatari contractors and partners to win all awards. This is a huge success for the steering committee’s strategy, though it is the first time that companies deal with tunneling operations in Qatar”.
Qatar Rail is proud of what it has achieved and thanks all who have supported the Qatar Rail project to-date. Qatar Rail will stay committed to this huge project which is not only about transportation, but also represents the real essence of economic and cultural openness of Qatar to the world. There are currently 20 consultancy companies working on these vital projects under the supervision of Qatar Rail”.
Reported by: Caye Global News, Photo credit: Gulf Times
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