Qatar Railways Co has agreed contracts worth $406.4 million for its planned metro in Doha, as part of the Gulf state’s preparations to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
The company awarded a contract with US firm Jacobs Engineering Group for consulting engineering services and to manage the metro’s Red Line.
US-based Louis Berger and France’s Egis Rail will manage the Gold Line and main stations while US firm Hill International will manage the Green Line.
The three contracts are worth QR1.14 billion, according to managing director Abdullah al-Subaie while the metro itself will cost $36 billion.
An enabling works contract was also signed with PORR-SBG-HBK Group, a division of Qatari firm HBK Contracting, worth QR288 million.
British firm Lloyd’s Register won a contract for independent safety assessment worth QR55 million.
The planned metro will include four rail lines and will link the stadiums for the 2022 tournament including an underground component in the centre of Doha. More than 20,000 workers are expected to be employed.
A logistics coordinator for the project is expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Subaie.
“The Tender has been floated, and it will be awarded in the fourth quarter. The metro will begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2019,” he said.