It has issued a request for expressions of interest from for a design and build civils contract. An initial preqalification process had begun early 2014 but has to be repeated as the tender is now scheduled for release in the middle of this year.
The long distance freight and passenger rail network will be an integral part of the overall Gulf Cooperation Council railway network linking Qatar with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
The new prequalification process is limited to civil contractors - the systems component will be contracted as a subcontract under the civils contract.
The applicants for this new process are not to include or name the systems subcontractor as the client will produce at a later stage a list of approved subcontractors.
Phase 1of the project consists of design and construction of an operational slab track railway using diesel rolling stock. The passenger line will link Doha International Station to the Saudi Arabia at Abu Samra. Freight services will link Abu Samra with Doha Intermodal Freight Yard, New Doha Port Container Terminal and Mesaieed Port.