Qatar ministry to award road project

08 September 2016

Two major expressway packages have been awarded since 23 August

Qatar’s Public Works Ministry (Ashghal) is set to award the contract to build and maintain the E Ring Road north-south link today to South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction (Daewoo E&C).

This wil be the third road contract award in Qatar for its Expressway Programme in under three weeks.

On 23 August, the government awarded a $2.09bn deal for the construction and maintenance of the 34-kilometre Al-Khor Expressway to Turkey’s Tekfen Construction.

On 4 September, it awarded a joint venture of Turkey’s Yuksel Insaat and Spain’s Ferrovial Agroman a QR2.87bn ($789m) design-and-build deal for the north section of the Al-Bustan Road.

Unlike 39 of the 40 packages for the $15bn Expressway Programme, the Al-Khor package was a directly negotiated contract, which momentarily raised fears Qatar might be taking this route for future schemes.

Excluding the Al-Khor Expressway package, some 18 packages of the Expressway Programme worth a total of $13bn are now under construction, according to regional projects tracker MEED Projects. Five packages, collectively worth $874m, have been completed.

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