Doha metro gets Nexi support

By Melodie Michel

The Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (Nexi) has provided export credit insurance for the construction and maintenance of the Doha metro in Qatar by a consortium including four Japanese companies.

The turnkey contract for rolling stock and railway systems for phase 1 of the project was awarded jointly to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corp, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Thales, in February 2015. Under the terms of the contract, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will undertake project management and system integration, as well as the track, power supply, platform screen doors and tunnel ventilation.

Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Corp and Kinki Sharyo will jointly supply 75 three-car driverless trainsets and Thales will take care of communications-based train control, telecoms, a security system, an operations control centre and an automatic fare collection system. More info

Doha Metro completes 100km of tunnelling


DOHA: Doha Metro Project has achieved yet another milestone by completing 100km of tunnelling across the city and 41 percent of the whole project.

With this achievement, 90 percent of tunnelling has been completed, with 11km more required to complete all underground sections, Qatar Rail said yesterday.

The 100th kilometre was crossed by a tunnel boring machine (TBM) on the southern section of the Red Line.

Tunnelling on Doha Metro’s longest line, the Red Line, is expected to be completed in the near future.

Towards the end of this year, Qatar Rail expects to move from construction into systems installation as track, power supply and signalling starts to be installed. At this point it will also start to work on the architectural finishes of the stations of Doha Metro, said a statement yesterday.

The first phase of the Doha Metro project is expected to be complete in 2020.  By 2030, all the three networks – Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and the long-distance rail, which will link Qatar with the GCC Rail network – are expected to be complete.

With the completion of the first phase of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram, Qatar Rail expects to offer 630,000 passenger trips per day by 2021. By then, 37 metro stations are expected to be complete, with an average journey time of three minutes between adjacent stations. More info

Qatar Rail cancels $1.4bn Doha Metro stations deal

By Staff

Qatar Railways Company has terminated the contract of an international consortium that was building the stations of the Doha Metro project and appointed a new contractor to take its place.

The company, better known as Qatar Rail, said in a statement that it has appointed Consolidated Contractors (CCC) to continue with the project and will take over the contract from the joint venture comprising comprising South Korea’s Samsung C&T, Spanish contractor Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL), and Qatar Building Company later this month.

Qatar Rail confirmed that it was “doing all it could” to minimise any delays and risks to this part of the Doha Metro project.

“Work will continue on the major stations project sites as planned and discussions are underway with the subcontractors to ensure continuity,” the statement said without giving a reason for the contract termination. More info

Doha Metro station fit-outs become prime focus

By Kim Kemp

With tunnelling works drawing to a close on Doha Metro, focus has turned to fitting out the stations.

Qatar Rail has recently placed an order for 500 energy-efficient elevators and escalators for the stations, supplied by Finland-based engineering company Kone Corporation.

The firm announced winning a contract to supply the items for the Red Line and Gold Line stations.

The order includes 189 elevators, 253 escalators and 102 moving walkways (autowalks) it highlighted in a statement and Pierre Liautaud, executive vice president for KONE South Europe, Middle East and Africa, said:“We are very proud and pleased to work with Qatar Rail on this new and exciting project.

“That (the equipment) will enable people to move smoothly and comfortably, with the shortest possible waiting time.” More info

KONE wins major contract for Doha Metro project

By Kim Kemp

KONE has won an order to supply elevators and escalators for the Qatar Rail project in Doha.

Included in the contract is the supply of over 500 pieces of equipment for Doha Metro’s Red Line South and Gold Line and a 20-year maintenance agreement.

“We are pleased to work with Qatar Rail on this new and exciting project,” says Mark Bayyari, director of KONE Qatar.

“When you have a huge number of people commuting through transit centres every day, you really have to look at the safety and efficiency of the equipment.

“That will enable people to move smoothly and comfortably, with the shortest possible waiting time. This cannot be overstated and we look forward to providing our people flow expertise and solutions to the Doha Metro,” he adds.

A planned rapid transit system in Qatar’s capital city, the Doha Metro project will comprise four lines and include 100 stations, spanning a length of 215 km, forming an integral component of the larger Qatar Rail network, which will include a long-distance rail for passengers and freight, linking Qatar to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Lusail City’s local Light Rail Transit (LRT). More info

Gulf railway to create 80,000 jobs


DAMMAM — The GCC Railway, which link the six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council by 2018, is expected to create more than 80,000 direct and indirect jobs, said Abdurrahim Naqi, secretary-general of GCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“This is a strategic and vital project for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council ,” he said.

Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Naqi said the project would boost the GCC economies and create more job opportunities for Gulf citizens in various sectors.

Beginning from Kuwait City and ending in Muscat, the total cost of the 2,117-km railway is estimated at $15.4 billion, including the cost of two new causeways.

Passenger trains will operate at a speed of 220 km per hour while goods trains will run at 80-120 km per hour.

Naqi did not rule out the possibility of linking the GCC railway with King Salman Causeway that would connect Saudi Arabia with Egypt. “Officials working on the causeway are studying possibility of this linkage,” he said, adding that both projects would accelerate business activities in the region.

In a recent statement, the Saudi Railway Organization said the GCC governments have given top importance to the railway project.

The GCC states have appointed international consulting firms to conduct studies on various aspects of the project. Financial and technical committees have been set up to prepare detailed studies and designs, Naqi said.

Studies would lead to the preparation of the project’s roadmap, feasibility studies, time frame for implementing various phases, identification of railway routes and preparation of the engineering design, the GCC chamber chief said. More info

FIFA set up worker welfare body for 2022 World Cup

By Ashleigh McGinley

The head of FIFA has urged Qatar to hasten improvements in safety and labour conditions for builders working on the sites for the 2022 World Cup and declared “We will not just sit and wait”.

During a two-day visit to Qatar, Gianni Infantino acknowledged that there were still “many challenges” as he announced plans for a special working group to monitor conditions.

Amnesty International reported on abuses in Qatar’s preparations for the World Cup in a wide-raning report based on the accounts of 132 workers at the sites.

It found construction workers from Nepal and India had been charged recruitment fees and housed in squalid conditions. More info

ACTS completes Doha Metro geotech investigations

By  James Morgan

Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS) has completed geotechnical investigations and geophysical surveys for five construction packages of Doha Metro in Qatar.

The geotechnical investigation contracts comprised the drilling of more than 400 boreholes, which reached depths of up to 60m.

In line with the terms of the investigation contracts, ACTS worked on Doha Metro’s Red Line South, elevated and at grade. The work was conducted in conjunction with FCC Construction, Yüksel İnşaat, Archirodon Construction (Overseas) Co, and Petroserv Ltd.

Once completed, Doha Metro will boast a total length of 240km, and will feature 106 stations. The system is designed to cover the Greater Doha area. More info

ACTS completes geotechnical investigations and geophysical surveys for Doha Metro Project


Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), the consulting organisation in the field of construction materials and geotechnical engineering, has revealed that it has completed geotechnical investigations and geophysical surveys on five construction packages of the metro lines being executed in Doha, Qatar.

The Doha Metro will be one of the most advanced rail transit systems in the world. It will have four lines – namely the Red, Green, Gold and Blue metro lines – planned over a total length of approximately 240 km, and will feature 106 stations over the whole network.

Designed to cover the Greater Doha area, the Metro will be underground for the central city networks, and will mainly be at ground level or elevated whilst at the outskirts.

In line with the terms of the investigation contracts, ACTS worked on the Red Line South Elevated and At-Grade with FCC Construction, S.A. – Yüksel İnşaat, A.S. – Archirodon Construction (Overseas) Company, S.A. – Petroserv Limited Joint Venture, whilst carrying out geotechnical investigations and engineering services along with the related testing works on another four of the main metro construction packages. More info

Qatar Navigation first quarter earnings down 3.5%


Doha: Qatar Navigation announced Sunday first quarter profits of QR 352 million, down from the QR365 million achieved during the same period of last year.

The Earnings per Share was QR 3.10 for the first quarter of 2016, three months’ period ended March 31, 2016 compared to EPS of QR 3.21 for the same period of 2015.

Operating revenues decreased by 1.9% to QAR 771 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016, down from QR 786 million for the same period in 2015.

Revenue of maritime and logistics declined by 2% and net profit by 22%, partially due to increased pressure on pricing, particularly in the container feeder business. More info