BE2C2 Report — Larsen & Tourbro’s UAE-based subsidiary has won a major design/build contract worth $76m (INR500 crore) from Qatar Rail Company for Phase 1 of Doha Metro.
Earlier, in 2015, the Indian group won its “biggest” ever “breakthrough” contract worth $1.4 bn for Riyadh Metro infrastructure work in Saudi Arabia as part of a consortium comprising of Ansaldo STS of Italy, Bombardier Transportation of the UK, Impregilo of Italy, and Nesma & Partners of Saudi Arabia. L&T’s portion is $162 million.
For Qatar’s driverless rapid transit system, L&T’s scope encompasses supply, installation, testing, integration, commissioning, and five years’ maintenance of network-wide building automation and control systems (BACS) for 37 stations.
Doha Metro will provide transportation for more than 640,000 commuters per day by 2021 and 750,000 by 2026.
L&T E&A was nominated by Qatar Rail for network-wide implementation of BACS after a meticulous assessment of its capabilities, the company said in a statement.
BACS will help build green station buildings with higher energy efficiency, lower operating and maintenance costs, better indoor air quality and greater occupant comfort and productivity in line with global sustainability assessment systems.
The framework agreement comprises nine contracts with design-and-build (D&B) contractors, which relate to the stations and tunnels of multiple lines, and a five-year maintenance contract with Qatar Rail. The deals will involve work on Doha Metro’s Red Line, Green Line, and Gold Line.
The Metro system is being designed and built in two phases: the first will see the construction of three out of its four lines (Red, Gold, and Green), and 37 stations spanning 111km of tunnels and 8.7km of viaducts.
Phase 1 will be completed according to a fast-track schedule, with the handing over of all 37 stations by August 2018. The revenue period for this phase is due to commence by the end of 2019, with lines due to open to the public by 2020.
Phase 2 of the project is due to be completed by 2026. It will involve the expansion of Phase 1 lines, and the construction of an additional Blue Line and 72 additional stations.
The Doha Metro contract is in sync with L&T’s strategy to expand their railway business in the Middle East, the PR said.
Around US$69bn worth of projects are currently under construction in the GCC region.