Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) aims to reach 65 per cent completion for the under-construction Doha Metro and Lusail light rail transit in 2017.

This level of completion would entail finishing of tunnelling work and the installation of test track as well as “substantial progress” on operational readiness of the schemes by the end of 2017. The latter entails the award of the operator and facility management contracts for both the metro and tramway as well as the development of a long-term business model and identification and planning of key revenue streams.

In March 2016, Qatar Rail prequalified six groups for the operation of the Doha Metro and the Lusail tramway. They include:

  •  MTR Corporation (Hong Kong)
  •  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) / West Japan Railway Company (JR West) / Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan)
  •  Serco (UK)
  •  Transdev (France)
  •  RATP Dev (France) / Keolis (France)
  •  Arriva (UK) / DB International (Germany)

Qatar Rail also said in its 2016 annual report that it is aiming to award all mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) contracts during this period.

The metro and tramway are expected to open in 2020, with most construction work expected to be completed during 2018 and 2019.

A total of $16.6bn-worth of main contracts are under execution for the Doha Metro and close to $4bn of deals are under execution for the tramway.

Key contracts awarded for the Doha Metro and Lusail tram:

Project Contract value ($m) Main contractors Year awarded Completion year

Doha Metro: systems, rolling stock and track work

4,129

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries / Mitsubishi Corporation / Hitachi / Kinkisharyo / Thales

2015

2020

Doha Metro Gold Line: tunneling works

4,400

Aktor / Yapi Merkezi / Larsen & Toubro / STFA / Al-Jaber Engineering 

2014

2018

Doha Metro Green line: elevated/at-grade section

244

Saudi Binladin Group / HBK Contracting Company WLL / Porr Solutions

2014

2018

Doha Metro Green Line: tunneling & main stations works

2,520

Saudi Binladin Group / HBK Contracting Company WLL / Porr Solutions

2013

2018

Doha Metro Red Line North: elevated /at-grade section

609

Rizzani de Eccher / Redco International / Lotte E&C

2014

2018

Doha Metro Red Line North: tunneling works

2,184

Impregilo / SKEC / Galfar al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting

2013

2016

Doha Metro Red Line South: elevated /at-grade section

654

FCC / Archirodon / Petroserv / Yuksel Construction

2014

2017

Doha Metro Red Line South: tunneling works

1,500

QDVC / GS E&C / AI-Darwish Engineering

2013

2018

Education City automated people mover

412

Siemens / Habtoor Leighton Group

2012

2017

Lusail Light Rail: phase 2

2,722

Alstom / QDVC

2014

2020

Lusail Light Rail: phase 1

1,200

QDVC

2012

2016

Source: MEED Projects