French construction giant Vinci has landed a £1.3bn contract on the giant Doha Metro project, NCE can confirm.
Client Qatar Railways Company has awarded the contract to design and build 14.5km of twin-bore tunnels on the Red Line South to a consortium that includes the QDVC Qatari Diar/Vinci joint venture along with South Korean GS Engineering and Construction and local firm Darwish Engineering.
The line runs between Doha city centre and the new Hamad International Airport.
It is one of four contracts now to have been awarded on the job. In total five tunnelling and station box contracts worth a combined £6.3bn are to be awarded in order to get three metro lines up and running in time for Qatar to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
Qatar Rail has also confirmed that a consortium including Italian contractor Impregilo, South Korean firm SK engineering and Oman-based Galfar Engineering had been awarded the Red Line North Package. It will be responsible for constructing the 11.4km of underground tunnel needed for the northern section of the metro.
And a consortium of Austrian Porr, Saudi Binladin Group and local firm Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting has been awarded the design and build package for the the 18.1km Green Line underground works. The Green Line follows Al Rayyan Road connecting Education City with the Heart of Doha. Porr is already carrying out enabling works on the project.
Contract award for the the 15.2km of tunnels on the east-west Gold line is expected shortly. Tunnelling work is expected to begin next Autumn.
Tenders for the at grade and elevated sections are now being invited. Only part of these sections will be built before the World Cup. A fourth line, the Blue Line, will also be added to the network post-2022.
Meanwhile a consortium led by Spanish giant OHL Group has been awarded the €1.1bn (£935M) major stations package.
OHL, in partnership with Samsung and local firm Qatar Building Company, has been awarded the design and build contract for the two flagship stations at Msheireb and Education City.
The stations will form major interchanges for several underground lines and other modes of transport including the railway network.
Msheireb station will be the most prestigious in Doha, and is located in the heart of the city, in the so-called ‘Msheireb downtown area’, the historical centre, currently part of an ambitious regeneration project.
The Education City station will be located in what is becoming the educational centre of excellence in the region.
OHL said the deal “reaffirms” its international leadership in constructing railway infrastructure.