New contract as part of the Lusail Light Rail Transit System project in Qatar

QDVC, a Qatari subsidiary of Qatari Diar (51%) and VINCI Construction Grands Projets (49%), has just won a contract for a further works phase of the Light Rail Transit System (LRT) construction project in the new city of Lusail, 15 km north of Doha, Qatar. The €374 million design-build contract covers civil engineering works in the eight underground stations, a viaduct across the motorway linking Doha with the northern part of the country and preliminary works on an LRT depot and maintenance workshop. The work is expected to take 38 months to complete.


The award of this new phase of the works attests to the excellent work done by QDVC in the previous phases (earthworks design studies and execution, followed by civil engineering works in the cut-and-cover tunnels and ventilation shafts) of this modern project, in which the construction of a new city is starting with its public transport system (LRT).

The new city of Lusail is made up of 37 sq. kilometres of waterfront land master planned into 19 mixed-use districts. It will accommodate approximately 200,000 residents and as many daily workers and visitors.

The LRT will serve the entire city of Lusail and will in future interconnect with the regional transport network. The Lusail Light Rail Transit System has therefore been handed over to the newly formed Qatar railway authority, Qatar Railways Company.

The full Lusail LRT project features four lines covering a combined distance of 30 km, eight underground stations and 25 at-grade stations. It is being built in several design and construction phases. The design phase got under way in August 2007, followed by earthworks and excavations for cut-and-cover tunnel construction 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.

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