Louis Berger JV wins choice Doha Metro contract

The Louis Berger Egis Rail Joint Venture has been commissioned by Qatar Railways Company to provide project management consultancy services for all elevated and at-grade sections of the Doha Metro project. The contract is valued at $79m.

And a consortium led by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been tipped to supply trains and network systems.

"We are honoured to play a key role in bringing Qatar Railways Company’s vision to build one of the world’s most impressive, extensive and modern metro programs to life," said D James Stamatis, president for Louis Berger’s international operations, in a press statement.

"The Doha metro will be a global model for transit programmes providing greater access, connectivity and mobility to its citizens."

The newly contracted sections include the Red Line North, Red Line South and Green Line, which have a combined length of approximately 16km. These sections will provide a passageway to the Fifa-compliant stadiums that are being developed for the upcoming Qatar World Cup in 2022.

The Doha Metro, part of the overall Qatar Integrated Railway program, is approximately 216km in length across four lines (Red, Green, Gold and Blue) with an estimated total construction value of $36bn. Approximately 100 stations are planned for the network.

The Louis Berger Egis Rail Joint Venture was initially commissioned in August 2012 to provide project management consulting services on the project. This commission involved major underground sections, including the Gold line and major stations. In 2013, the Louis Berger joint venture was also commissioned to provide independent certification engineer services, which covered early enabling works along with utility diversions.

Separately, a consortium led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which includes Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, The Kinki Sharyo Company and Thales, has received a letter of conditional acceptance from the Qatar Railways Company for a systems package for the Doha Metro.

The package calls for turnkey construction of a fully automated driverless metro system with 75 sets of three-car trains, platform screen doors, tracks, a railway yard, and systems for signalling, power distribution, telecommunications and tunnel ventilation.

The package is also expected to include maximum 20-year maintenance services for the metro system after its completion.

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