The US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff has been selected as the strategic programme manager for the $35bn Qatar Integrated Rail Programme (QIRP).

The company has been notified by the Qatar Railways Company (QRail).

QRail reviewed three bids for the deal in July. The other bidders were Bechtel and Fluor. Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani held meetings in the first week of August to discuss progress of Qatar’s various rail projects (MEED 25:7:11).

Qatar’s $35bn Integrated Rail Programme
Project Value Scope
Lusail LRT na Light railway in Lusail area that will run for 30 kilometres
Doha metro na Four metro lines running 300km across Doha
West Bay people-mover $2.7bn Line connecting Doha Convention Centre & Tower with West Bay area
Freight rail na Freight line connecting three ports down the east coast
High-speed passenger line na Passenger line from Doha to west coast to Qatar-Bahrain Causeway
LRT=Light-rail transit; na=Not available. Source: MEED

QRail is planning to develop a number of rail projects in time for 2022 when it will host the Fifa World Cup event. These projects include the Doha metro, Lusail LRT, West Bay people-mover, a number of other people-movers, a freight railway to link the ports down the east coast of Qatar and a high-speed passenger line.

Parsons Brinckerhoff will also now oversee construction of these projects.

QRail is progressing well with its plans. A US joint venture of Aecom-Parsons is the project management consultant (PMC) for the Lusail LRT. The development of the Lusail LRT will include building about 20 kilometres of double track and about 10km of single track. It will also involve building 25 passenger stations and a further eight stations underground.

A PMC for the West Bay people-mover is pending and QRail received seven or eight bids for this contract on 8 March.

QRail has also extended the deadline to 25 September for consortiums to submit expressions of interest for the design and construction of the infrastructure and civil works of Doha metro. The initial deadline was 11 September.

The Doha metro will have four lines and 100 stations when complete. Most of the QIRP needs to be delivered well in advance of the 2022 deadline. The entire system is scheduled to be complete by 2026.