Posted on April 13, 2014

One French and one US companies have won a contract for conducting design and technical tests for the operation of the Phase 1 of Doha Metro project, Al Sharq reported yesterday. The contract worth €170m (QR860.29m) was bagged by SYSTRA, French railway transport engineering consultancy, and California-based Parsons Corporation, one of the world’s largest engineering and construction organisations specialising in transportation and infrastructure planning. 

Both will be responsible for all operational tests required before commissioning Phase 1 of the Metro project to be completed by 2017. The final operation — for providing services to people — is schedule to begin by October 2019. According to the contract, both firms will design and supervise implementation of technical tests for the final operations of trains, which include signals, control room for automatic switching of tracks and signal, and other technical modalities. 

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Qatar Railways (Qatar Rail), the government-owned company overseeing construction of the Doha Metro project and an integrated railway network (passenger and freight corridor), has awarded contracts worth over QR30bn, including ‘design & build’ contracts for Phase 1 of Doha Metro.

The first phase of the Metro project includes 85km network with 37 stations and 55 tunnels. The network will be connecting all major projects, which are part of preparations for 2022 FIFA World Cup. The metro lines — Red Line North, Red Line South, and Green Line South — will connect Al Wakra, Al Khor and Al Rayan as well as the three cities and Doha, intersecting at Msheireb Main Station.

Qatar Rail has engaged Qatari contracting companies in all consortiums of the awarded contracts. There are over 20 consultancy companies working on these projects under the supervision of Qatar Rail. The Metro project has brought together over 100 opportunities within the framework of the railway urban infrastructure projects managed by Qatar Rail.

source: The Peninsula