Qatar Railways Company (Qrail) has set fresh bid deadlines for the first five major packages on its multibillion-dollar Doha metro scheme.

The submission date for the four line packages range from 16 October to 27 November, while the client has set extended the deadline to 13 November for the stations package.

In April, QRail issued tender documents for the packages after placing 18 prequalified consortiums into four groups to bid for tunnelling packages and an additional group to bid for the two major stations planned. The consortiums will bid against the other prequalified firms for the contract specific to that package. The first four line packages are for the Red Line North, Red Line South, Green Line and the Golden Line.

The submission date for the Red Line North Package is 16 October, with the submission dates for the Red Line South and Golden Line set at 28 October. The bid deadline for the Green Line is 27 November.

The submission date for the stations package has been extended to 13 November. The station package consists of the two major terminals planned for the Msheireb Downtown Doha development and Education City.

The consortiums competing for the five packages include:

Red Line North

  • Bouygues (France) /Obayashi (Japan) /Al-Jaber Engineering (local)
  • QDVC (local/France) /Al-Darwish Engineering (local)
  • Impregilo (Italy) /SK (South Korea)/ Galfar Engineering & Contracting (Oman)
  • Samsung C&T (South Korea) /OHL (Spain)/Qatar Building Company (QBC) (local)
  • Habtoor Leighton (UAE/Australia) /John Holland (Australia) /Dragados (Spain)
  • Ssangyong Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/Dogus Construction (Turkey)/Makyol (Turkey) /Redco International (local)
  • Implenia (Switzerland)/Daewoo Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/Orascom Construction Industries (Egypt) /Contrack International (local)

Red Line South

  • QDVC (local/France) /Al-Darwish Engineering (local)
  • Taisei Corporation (Japan)/Redco International (local)
  • Hochtief (Germany)/Al-Jaber Trading (UAE)/Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)/Marbu Contracting Company (local)/Lusail Hochtief (local/Germany)
  • Acciona (Spain)/Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/Ghella (Italy)/Como (local)
  • Larsen & Toubro (India) /J&P (Overseas) (Cyprus) /Shanghai Tunnel (China)/Al-Sraiya Trading & Contracting (local)
  • FCC Construction (Spain)/Alpine (Austria)/Archirodon Construction (Geneva-registered)/Petroserv (local)
  • Astaldi (Italy)/Yuksel (Turkey)/Gulermak (Turkey)

Golden Line

  • Impregilo (Italy) /SK (South Korea)/ Galfar Engineering & Contracting (Oman)
  • Hochtief (Germany)/Al-Jaber Trading (UAE)/Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)/Marbu Contracting Company (local)/Lusail Hochtief (local/Germany)
  • Bam Higgs & Hill (Netherlands)/Six Construct (Belgium)/Midmac Contracting Company (local)
  • Acciona (Spain)/Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/Ghella (Italy)/Como (local)
  • Yapi Merkezi (Turkey)/STFA (Turkey)/Aktor (Greece)
  • Ssangyong Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/Dogus Construction (Turkey)/Makyol (Turkey) /Redco International (local)
  • Astaldi (Italy)/Yuksel (Turkey)/Gulermak (Turkey)
  • Andrade (Brazil)/Queiroz (Brazil)/Ramco Trading & Contracting (local)

Green Line

  • Taisei Corporation (Japan)/Redco International (local)
  • Habtoor Leighton (UAE/Australia) /John Holland (Australia) /Dragados (Spain)
  • Larsen & Toubro (India) /J&P (Overseas) (Cyprus) /Shanghai Tunnel (China)/Al-Sraiya Trading & Contracting (local)
  • FCC Construction (Spain)/Alpine (Austria)/Archirodon Construction (Geneva-registered)/Petroserv (local)
  • Zublin(Germany)/Strabag (Austria) /China Civil Engineering/Redco International (local) /Rizzani de Eccher (Italy)
  • Porr (Austria)/Saudi Binladin Group (SBG)/HBK Contracting (local)
  • Implenia (Switzerland)/Daewoo Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/Orascom Construction Industries (Egypt) /Contrack International (local)

Msheireb Downtown Doha development and Education City stations

  • Bouygues (France) /Obayashi (Japan) /Al-Jaber Engineering (local)
  • Samsung C&T (South Korea) /OHL (Spain)/Qatar Building Company (QBC) (local)
  • Bam Higgs & Hill (Netherlands)/Six Construct (Belgium)/Midmac Contracting Company (local)
  • Yapi Merkezi (Turkey)/STFA/Aktor (Greece)
  • Zublin (Germany)/Strabag (Austria) /China Civil Engineering/Redco International (local) /Rizzani de Eccher (Italy)
  • Porr (Austria)/Saudi Binladin Group (SBG)/HBK Contracting (local)
  • Andrade (Brazil)/Queiroz (Brazil)/Ramco Trading & Contracting (local)

Earlier this year, Qrail received bids from four consortiums for the initial enabling works package. The enabling works will include site facilities, civil structures and removing utilities. The enabling works will be carried out in preparation for the tunnelling and major stations packages.

The 300 kilometre-long Doha Metro will consist of four lines: Red Line, Gold Line, Green Line and Blue Line. The rail project will have 80 stations by the time it is completed. The metro will link the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) to the centre of Doha and will connect a number of the stadiums that will be used for the 2022 World Cup.

In September 2011, US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff was appointed as the strategic programme manager for the Qatar Intergrated Rail Programme.