Market split between local and international firms
Work won in Qatar last year was split equally between local and international contractors. International firms won a slew of major contracts for the multibillion-dollar Doha metro project in 2013.
Design and construction contracts totalling QR30bn ($8.2bn) were awarded for the scheme last year.
The estimated QR8bn Red Line South underground sections construction package was secured by a consortium of the local/French QDVC, South Koreas GS Engineering & Construction Corporation and the local Darwish Engineering.
A team of Austrias Porr, Saudi Binladin Group and the local HBK Contracting won the estimated QR8bn contract to build the underground sections for the Green Line, while South Koreas Samsung C&T, Spains OHL and Qatar Building Company won an estimated QR4bn contract to build the two major stations at Msheireb and Education City.
Qatar Rail also awarded an estimated QR8bn contract to a consortium of Italys Impregilo, South Koreas SK Engineering & Construction and the local Galfar al-Misnad for the construction of the Red Line North underground sections.
|Selected major upcoming projects in Qatar|
|Al-Sejeel Petrochemical Complex||5,600||Qatar Petroleum (QP)/Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco)|
|Al-Karaana Petrochemical Complex||6,400||QP/Shell|
|Doha Metro: Blue Line: tunnelling works||3,000||Qatar Rail|
|Doha Metro: Gold Line: tunnelling works||3,000||Qatar Rail|
|Mesaieed IWPP (Facility D)||2,965||Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa)|
|West Bay People Mover||2,700||Qatar Rail|
|Energy City Qatar||2,446||Energy City Development Company|
|Doha Convention Tower||1,500||Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company|
|Doha Metro: Red Line South: elevated/at grade section||1,000||Qatar Rail|
|Doha Metro: Green Line: elevated/at grade section||1,000||Qatar Rail|
|IWPP=Independent water and power project. Source: MEED Projects|
Date founded: 1940
Country of origin: Cyprus
Head of J&P Qatar: Panicos Petrides
Tel: (+974) 4 467 5429
Although Joannou & Paraskevaides was founded in Cyprus in 1940, the international arm, known as Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas), was established in the Channel Islands in 1961. Expansion into the Gulf began in the 1970s and today the firm is one of the regions most successful contractors. In 2013 alone, it was awarded contracts worth $1.35bn, including two major contracts for the Public Works Authority (Ashghal): the $896m orbital highway and truck route contract and the $458m east-west corridor road.
Date founded: 1970
Country of origin: Qatar
President/chairman: Sheikh Ali bin Hamad bin Khalid al-Thani
Tel: (+974) 4 445 1111
HBK Contracting, or Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting Company, has long been known as a leader in the Qatari construction industry. Established by the late Hamad bin Khalid al-Ahmed al-Thani in 1970, the firm acted as a national contractor through the oil boom construction period. Over the years, HBK Contracting has executed many prestigious schemes for various government and private clients. Today, it is engaged on Qatars biggest projects, building the Doha Metro Green Line, phase 3 of the Msheireb central Doha renovation project and the New Doha Port project.
Saudi Binladin Group (SBG)
Date founded: 1931
Country of origin: Saudi Arabia
Chairman: Bakr Binladin
Tel: (+966) 12 664 3033
Saudi Binladin Group is the Middle Easts biggest contractor and was founded by Mohammed Binladin in Jeddah in 1931, when it was known as the Mohammed Binladin Organisation. The company has been making greater inroads overseas in recent years, joining up with Qatari Diar in early 2010 to develop projects in Qatar, which include the $1bn Doha-to-Dukhan highway upgrade. In 2013, it added a $2.5bn joint venture to build the Doha Metro Green Line to its project wins.
Date founded: 1869
Country of origin: Austria
CEO: Karl-Heinz Strauss
Managing director, international: Thomas Stiegler
Tel: (+974) 4 432 5700
Austrian contracting firm Porr has a long and illustrious history dating back to its foundations as the General Austrian Construction Company in 1869. However, its June 2013 contract win in Qatar on the Doha Metro Green Line is the largest in its history and follows successful delivery of the enabling works package. The $2.5bn Green Line joint venture with Saudi Binladin Group and HBK Contracting has pushed the firms order book to a record $6.16bn.
Date founded: 1995
Country of origin: Qatar
CEO: Satesh Pilai
Chairman: Mohammed Ali
Tel: (+974) 4 467 7518
Galfar al-Misnad is a sister company to Galfar Engineering & Contracting, which was founded in Oman in 1972. Since the company began operating in Qatar, it has focused on mechanical, electrical and plumbing, particularly industrial electrification; oil and gas, where it has placed more than 500 kilometres of pipelines; infrastructure, mainly road related; and now the buildings sector. In 2013, it won more work at the Dukhan Field and a huge $2.2bn contract on the Doha Metro Red Line North in a joint venture with two other contractors.
SK Engineering & Construction
Date founded: 1977
Country of origin: South Korea
CEOs: Casey Choi and Ki Haeng Cho
Head of Qatar business: Thomas Lee
Tel: (+974) 4 477 2664
SK Engineering & Construction has come a long way since it began operating in the petrochemicals and industrial plant sector in the late 1970s. Its Middle Eastern operations started in Saudi Arabia and it now has a base in Al-Khobar in the Eastern Province of the kingdom. From there, it has grown its reach into the UAE and Kuwait, and in 2013 it picked up the $2.2bn Doha Metro Red Line North tunnelling works contract in joint venture with Italys Impregilo and the local Galfar al-Misnad.
Date founded: 1906
Country of origin: Italy
CEO: Pietro Salini
Area manager, Qatar: Gianni Porta
Tel: (+974) 4 491 6166
Impregilo is another international contractor that has recently had major success in Qatar. The $2.2bn Doha Metro Red Line North contract is its second major win in the country, following the 9.5-kilometre Abu Hamour wastewater tunnel contract worth $135m, which is being built for the Public Works Authority (Ashghal). In the UAE, it is nearing completion of two major sections of the 40km Abu Dhabi super sewer and, in 2013, it was awarded the $5.2bn Line 3 of the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia as part of a consortium.
Qatar Building Company
Date founded: 1971
Country of origin: Qatar
Chairman: Mohammed Tayeb Mustafawi
Managing director: Ali Mustafawi
Tel: (+974) 4 462 5555
Qatar Building Company is one of the countrys best-known firms, having helped deliver some of the biggest projects of the past few decades, including the Doha Expressway, Airport Road, Msheireb Downtown Doha, Education City, Lusail City and many more. As a construction materials supplier, the firm will certainly be busy in the coming decade. In 2013, it won contracts to build two landmark metro stations at Education City and Msheireb in joint venture with Spains OHL and South Koreas Samsung C&T.
Date founded: 1938
Country of origin: South Korea
CEO: Chi Hun Choi
General manager Qatar: Faye Yun Cho
Tel: (+974) 4 444 0155
Samsung C&T has made a strong name for itself in the Middle East thanks to its delivery of some of the regions biggest projects, including the worlds tallest tower, Dubais Burj Khalifa, and the Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic. In 2013, it added more wins to its portfolio in Qatar with contracts for the two biggest metro stations at Education City and Msheireb, which it will deliver in joint venture with Spains OHL and Qatar Building Company. This followed $384m-worth of roads and bridges contracts that it was awarded for Lusail City in 2011.
Date founded: 1911
Country of origin: Spain
President: Juan Miguel Villar Mir
General manager OHL Construction: Francisco Marin Andres
Tel: (+974) 4 431 1831
Spains Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) is a world-leading contractor in the railways and construction sector and has been operating since 1911, when it was just Obrascon. The Huarte and Lain companies joined the group in the late 1990s. Since then the company has expanded and now has two major projects under way in Qatar: the Sidra medical research facility, worth $2.3bn, in joint venture with US firm Contrak International; and the Msheireb and Education City stations for the Doha Metro, which it will carry out with Samsung C&T and Qatar Building Company.