Doha Metro awards rolling stock and systems deal

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries leads group including Hitachi, Thales and Kinki Sharyo to provide driverless car systems

The contract should include systems maintenance for 20 years
The contract should include systems maintenance for 20 years

A Japanese-led consortium has won a long-awaited contract to provide all of the systems to the Doha Metro.

The consortium consists of five members including Mitsubishi Heavy industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and French company Thales. They will work together to create a fully automated, driverless metro system that includes 75 sets of three-car trains, platform screen doors, tracks, a railway yard and systems for signalling, power distribution, telecoms and tunnel ventilation. The contract is also expected to include a 20-year maintenance deal once the systems are complete.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is leading the consortium and will supply the power distribution system, platform screen doors, tracks and tunnel ventilation work, as well as undertaking overall project management and system integration.

Mitsubishi Corporation and Kinki Sharyo will jointly provide the railway cars, Thales will supply the advanced communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling, telecommunications & security the control center and automatic fare collection systems. Hitachi will perform some project management duties and also handle facilities maintenance, including the supply of special maintenance vehicles.

The consortium submitted its bid in March 2014 and underwent 11 months of detailed negotiations before receiving a letter of conditional acceptance last Friday (20 February).

Qatar Rail CEO Eng Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi said: "The Doha Metro ongoing works are being done according to our timeline that we set at the beginning of the project. In 2013 and 2014, we signed many agreements that reached a remarkable value promising to deliver the best standards of metro railway in the near future.

"Today, with the five-member Japan consortium led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, we look forward to add more value to our project knowing the international expertise of the Japanese fellows and provide Doha with a fully secure and automated driverless metro system."

A $79m project management deal to oversee the at grade and elevated track sections of the network has also just been awarded to a Louis Berger / Egis Rail joint venture.

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