Why has Ashghal halted work on huge IDRIS project?

Ashghal has called a sudden halt to all work on Qatar’s multibillion-riyal sewer and drainage IDRIS project

Work has been called to a halt on the IDRIS project. (image for illustrative purposes)
Work has been called to a halt on the IDRIS project. (image for illustrative purposes)

Ashghal has called a sudden halt to all work on Qatar’s multibillion-riyal sewer and drainage IDRIS project.

The massive Inner Doha Re-sewerage Implementation Strategy (IDRIS) is the latest project to witness a suspension of work.

Project management consultants CH2M Hill International ordered the joint venture SHP, working for IDRIS, to “suspend the works with immediate effect” via a letter, Doha News reports.

The letter cited: “The reason for this suspension is that the Authority is presently anticipating the termination of the Contract for the Authority’s convenience, pursuant to Sub-clause 18.5.1 (b) of the General Conditions of Contract.”

The three construction firms that make up the joint venture SHP comprise Hochtief Solutions, Petroserv and Al Straiya Strabag.

The JV won one of three contracts Ashghal awarded last May which, in total are worth more than QAR3.2-billion.

The package that the SHP joint venture was awarded is worth more than QAR1-billion and entails the construction of the 14.7km long, central section of the main trunk sewer, which involves digging a tunnel with a diameter of between 3m and 4.5m and up to 55m underground.

The other two contracts went to another joint venture between UrbaCon Trading and Contracting (UCC) and Bouygues Construction Qatar, awarding it responsibility for the design and construction of the north and south sections of the network.

The three contracts form a vital part of IDRIS, which is a QAR10-billion, eight-year project that began in 2012.

Doha News has reported however, that a source close to IDRIS said that work had halted on all of these projects and documentation was being compiled in preparation of compensation claims.

“No one has given a proper answer (to what will happen). Staff have been told to wait until after Eid for an answer,” the source added.

The Inner Doha Re-sewerage Implementation Strategy (IDRIS) plan is set to upgrade and expand the sewer and drain networks for Doha, Al Wakrah and Mesaieed, to accommodate the anticipated population growth of 1-million and more.

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