Firms bidding for the systems, rolling stock and track work contract for the first phase of the Doha Metro network have given presentations to the project client, Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail).
Offers for the multibillion-dollar deal were submitted by Germanys Siemens; a team of Italys Ansaldo STS and Spains CAF; a group of three Japanese companies Mitsubishi, Hitachi and Kinkyshario, and Frances Thales in March.
The six-year contract covers the design, integration, manufacturing, supply, delivery, testing and commissioning of the trains and other required equipment.
Contractors in Qatar are preparing to submit bids on 14 April for two construction contracts on the Doha metro scheme.
One deal involves building the elevated and at-grade sections of the Red Line North. The other involves building the elevated and at-grade sections of the Gold and Green lines.
Also in March, the project client selected the consortium of Greeces Aktor, Turkeys Yapi Merkezi and STFA, Indias Larsen & Toubro and the local AlJaber Engineering for the estimated QR12bn ($3.3bn) deal to build the underground sections of the Gold Line.
A letter of award has been issued by Qatar Rail to the consortium and a final contract is expected to be signed during April.
Doha Metro was one of the regions most active schemes for contract awards in 2013. 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 was 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 group of Italys Impregilo, South Koreas SK Engineering & Construction and the local Galfar al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting.