SYSTRA-Parsons JV wins $233.9mn Doha Metro deal
Project management and work’s supervision contract for Phase I
The Qatar Railways Company has awarded the SYSTRA-Parsons joint venture a $233.9mn (€170mn) project management and work’s supervision contract for Phase I of the $20.6bn (€15bn) Doha Metro.
As part of development plans for the capital Doha, and in preparation for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has launched a project to design and build a new metro network serving the city and its suburbs.
It will comprise urban and suburban lines that will form the central structure for the country’s rail network and provide connections to strategic areas including the city centre, West Bay, Lusail, the airport, the exhibition centre, major urban development areas to the south and west of the city and the stadiums where the 2022 World Cup matches will be held.
The four lines of the metro will be built in phases. The first phase, due for commissioning in 2019, is 85km long, including a 55km tunnel section amd 37 stations. The finished network will be approximately 200km and will have 123 60m-long train sets.
The contract covers design reviews, work’s supervision, testing and tracking acceptance activities.
As lead consultant, SYSTRA will be responsible for signalling, driverless systems, rolling stock and depots.
Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA, said: “We are very proud to be able to assist the Qatar authorities to build their future intermodal transport network. It will help improve mobility for the city’s residents.
“Our teams are looking forward to this challenge, which involves overcoming technical complexities and tight deadlines. Qatar’s confidence in SYSTRA is an acknowledgement of our expertise and technical leadership.”
Other recent SYSTRA wins includes the project management contract for automated systems and rolling stock for Lines 15, 16 and 17 of the Grand Paris Express and assistance to the owner contract on systems; as well as the project management and work’s supervision contract on three future metro lines for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia won by the Group in August 2013.
Just last month the FCC consortium, which comprises Archirodon (Greece), Yüksel (Turkey) and Petroserv Ltd. (Qatar), was awarded a contract by Qatar Rail to build a section of the Doha Metro Red line, in a deal worth $700mn.
The contract includes building three elevated stations (Barwa Village, Al Wakrah and Qatar Economic Zone) and a 6.97km section of the Red Line.