Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has issued conditional letters of award to the two contracting groups competing for the estimated QR12bn-plus ($3.3bn-plus) deal to build Doha Metros Gold Line.
The letters will give contractors a final chance to submit their best commercial offers ahead of an expected award in early March.
The two groups competing for the contract are:
- Aktor (Greece)/Yapi Merkezi (Turkey)/STFA (Turkey)/Larsen & Toubro (India)/AlJaber Engineering (local)
- Hochtief (Germany)/Al-Jaber Trading (local)/Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) (Athens-based)/Marbu Contracting Company (local)/Lusail Hochtief (local/Germany)
- Siemens (Germany)
- Alstom Transport (France)
- Ansaldo STS and CAF (Italy/Spain)
- Mitsubishi (Japan)/Hitachi (Japan)/Kinkyshario (Japan)/Thales (France)
- Bombardier (Canada)
Firms submitted fresh prices at the end of last year. Bids were originally submitted in early 2013, but after several months of evaluating bids, Qatar Rail decided to seek revised prices after it reduced the scope of some parts of the Doha metro scheme, including the Gold Line, so it could concentrate on the key elements of the network it needs in place for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
Other Gold Line bidders
- Bam Higgs & Hill (Netherlands)/Six Construct (Belgium)/Midmac Contracting Company (local)
- Impregilo (Italy)/SK (South Korea)/Galfar Engineering & Contracting (Oman)
Despite the reduction in scope, the Gold Line is the largest contract to be tendered for Doha Metro. Valued at more than QR12bn, it is considerably more than the estimated QR8bn deals awarded for the Red Line North, Red Line South and Green Line in May last year.
Doha Metro was one of the regions most active projects for contract awards last year. In late May and early June, Qatar Rail awarded construction deals for underground sections and two stations.
The estimated QR8bn Red Line South underground sections construction package were awarded to the consortium of the local/French QDVC, South Koreas GS Engineering & Construction, and the local Darwish Engineering.
The estimated QR8bn deal for the Red Line North underground sections was secured by a consortium of Italys Impregilo, South Koreas SK Engineering & Construction and the local Galfar al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting.