Simplex bags Doha contract

Indian construction company, Simplex Infrastructure has been awarded a US $150 million contract from Gulf Cement Company for the construction of a cement plant in Doha, Qatar.

Indian construction company, Simplex Infrastructure has been awarded a US $150 million contract from Gulf Cement Company for the construction of a cement plant in Doha, Qatar.

The plant will have the capacity to supply 5,000 tonnes of cement a day.

"Construction is scheduled to begin in September and will take two years to be completed," said Ani Ray, country director, Simplex Infrastructure.

Denmark-based FLSmidth will supply all equipment, machinery and technology for the plant.

Ray said that no consultant had been appointed on the project. Simplex Infrastructure also recently signed a letter of intent with Kuwaiti developer Al Mazaya Real Estate for the design and construction of a mixed-use project called Queue Point in Liwan. The $87 million contract was due to be awarded this month, but some changes to the design have set it back by a month.

"The contract is not yet signed because there are some changes in the specification," added Ray.

"They are very minor changes but they have delayed the building permit. We expect to sign the contract in August."

The package involves the design and construction of seven low-rise buildings ranging from five to 14 storeys.

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