The contract follows work carried out by the Qatari Diar (and Vinci Construction (QDVC) team on earlier phases of the Light Rail Transit System (LRT) project in the new city of Lusail, 15 km north of Doha in Qatar.
The new €374m design-build contract, covers civil engineering works in eight underground stations, the construction of a viaduct and preliminary works on an LRT depot and maintenance workshop. The works are expected to take 38 months to complete.
QDVC’s work in previous phases called for earthworks and civil engineering works in the cut-and-cover tunnels and ventilation shafts.
The new city of Lusail stretches over 37km2 of waterfront. It is organised into 19 mixed-use districts and will eventually accommodate 200,000 residents and as many daily workers and visitors.
The light rail system will serve the entire new city and will connect with the regional transport network. The full Lusail LRT project will have four lines totalling 30 km, eight underground stations and 25 at-grade stations. The design phase was launched in August 2007, followed by earthworks and excavations for cut-and-cover tunnels in March 2009, tunnel construction in March 2010, and preparation of underground station construction in June 2011. The next and final phase of the works will include rolling stock and systems. Handover of the turnkey project is set for 2016.