Atkins wins $135mn Doha Metro Gold Line deal
Firm appointed to design network being delivered by Greek consortium
Atkins has announced that it has been appointed as lead designer for the Gold Line of the Doha Metro in Qatar.
The consultancy, which last year won a $120mn commission to design three of the six lines of the $23.5bn development, revealed that the win is worth around $135.5mn to the company over the lifespan of the five-year project.
In a statement updating the London stock exchange on its financial performance, it said its Middle East operations "has enjoyed a strong start to the new financial year as we continue to deliver work on a number of significant metro projects and benefit from increased activity in the property market", before going on to reveal its win for the Gold Line.
The total cost of the Gold Line project has been put at around $4.2bn. The consortium of contractors charged with its delivery was appointed in April and is led by Greek firm Ellaktor, alongside Yapi Merkezi and STFA from Turkey, India's Larsen & Toubro and local Qatari company Al Jaber Engineering.
The Gold Line is the largest and most challenging of the five contract packages to be awarded for phase one of the Doha Metro, which is set to complete in 2019, some three years ahead of Qatar's 2022 World Cup. It crosses Doha from east to west and includes 15-km of twin tunnels and 13 underground stations. It is expected to be completed by August 2018,
The other four contract packages - Red Line North, Red Line South, Green Line and Major Stations, were awarded in May 2013 under deals worth a combined $8.2bn.
Atkins has also secured design work on the Red Line South; as well as managing out package 3 (lines 4, 5 and 6) of the Riyadh Metro, and working on the Lusail Light Rail project in Qatar and the Dubai Tram.
Tunnelling machines have been commissioned and have arrived in Qatar for assembly, ahead of an anticipated groundbreaking for the tunnels beginning later this year.
Jacobs Engineering is overseeing construction of the Red Line, and a Systra/Parsons joint venture is handling other elements, including design reviews, work supervision, testing and tracking acceptance activities. Systra will be responsible for testing the signalling, driverless systems, rolling stock and depots.