FCC gets €506m Doha Metro red line contract

March 12, 2014 - 9:42:12 am

DOHA: FCC, a global leader in subway construction, has won the €506m contract to build a section of Doha Metro red line. The winning consortium led by FCC, the Citizen Services Group, also comprises Archirodon (Greece), Yüksel (Turkey) and Petroserv Ltd (Qatar).

The execution period is 31 months and the project will create more than 1,000 jobs. In the bidding process, the FCC-led consortium competed with groups from Korea, Germany, Italy and India, among other countries.

The contract includes building three elevated stations (Barwa Village, Al Wakrah and Qatar Economic Zone) and a 6.97km section, plus tunnelising the road at the entrance to Al Wakrah. The total budget for the Doha Metro project exceeds €20bn.

This project comes just six months after FCC obtained the largest international contract in its history: the construction of three lines of the Riyadh Metro, for over €6bn. In that project, FCC heads the FAST consortium, which comprises Samsung (Korea), Alstom and Setec (France), Strukton (The Netherlands), Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Typsa (Spain) and Atkins (UK). The total budget for the Riyadh Metro is more than €16.3bn.

The metro construction contract in Doha is FCC’s largest project in Qatar. The group is currently building two pedestrian walkways in the new city of Lusail and is completing the second phase of the Barzan camp residential area in Al Wajba, 15km from the capital city. FCC has a representative office in Doha.

Since 2011, the Group has been operating in Saudi Arabia, where FCC Aqualia has a contract to optimise Riyadh’s water supply network, which measures over 6,000km. This project has created 160 jobs and will improve the services provided to more than 3 million people. This was the first water management contract granted to a Spanish company in the Middle East.

A few months later, FCC Aqualia was awarded a contract to operate and manage the sewers and sewage treatment system in Abu Dhabi.

A world leader in underground rail, the group will inaugurate the first line of the Panama City Metro, which had a budget of over €1bn in early April. The Panama Metro was built by a consortium which included Brazilian company Odebrecht.

Other international metro projects executed by FCC include the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) in Canada, for €304m, and section 1 of Bucharest Metro line 5, in Romania, for €267m. In Spain, the company is currently building the metro in Málaga and line 9 of Barcelona Metro.

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