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Drake & Scull Rail scoops $93m Doha Metro contract

Fujita Corporation has awarded Drake & Scull Rail (DSR) a $93m (QAR340m) contract related to the delivery of Phase 1 of Doha Metro’s depots

Ahmad Al Naser (above) says that Drake & Scull’s UK rail experience will prove beneficial in the delivery of its Doha Metro contract.
Ahmad Al Naser (above) says that Drake & Scull’s UK rail experience will prove beneficial in the delivery of its Doha Metro contract.

Fujita Corporation has awarded Drake & Scull Rail (DSR) a $93m (QAR340m) contract related to Phase 1 of Qatar’s Doha Metro.

Under the terms of the deal, DSR will be responsible for the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) business services for both the depot and stabling yard of Doha Metro’s Red and Green Lines.

DSR, which will also be actively involved in the design verification process, is scheduled to deliver its portion of the project in 2019.

Commenting on the contract award, Ahmad Al Naser, managing director of Drake & Scull Engineering (DSE), said: “Doha Metro Phase 1 is a landmark urban transport project in the GCC region, and our second major rail project following the airport passenger mover at Dubai Airport.

“Our experience and skills on iconic projects in the UK, such as the St Pancras Station redevelopment, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link infrastructure, the Jubilee Line extension, and the Stratford and Ebbsfleet train stations, will prove critical in the successful delivery of Doha Metro,” he added.

DSR has completed numerous rail projects in the UK and Far East markets, covering a range of requirements for railway engineering systems. Darko Macura, DSR’s operations director, said that the firm will draw on its global experience to ensure the effective delivery of the Doha Metro contract, and to win further contracts in the Middle East.

“We have engaged with leading global rail experts and technology service providers, and have entered into strategic partnerships and consortia; we are actively bidding and tendering for several high profile rail networks and urban transport projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar markets,” he commented.

“Our global experience, traditional MEP expertise, ISO-certified management processes, and modern technology platforms give us a competitive edge in the rail sector. We are confident about securing more rail projects in the region, backed by the extensive Drake & Scull International (DSI) group of companies’ regional network of offices and personnel,” Macura concluded.

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