Habtoor Leighton to build Qatar’s first rail link

Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has won a US$124m deal from the Qatar Foundation (QF) to help build a people mover system in Education City.

The network, which consists of a battery-powered tram linking various sections of the Doha complex, will be Qatar’s first fully operational rail transport system.

HLG’s scope of work includes design and construction of track-work, plus tram stops, and a depot facility.

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The firm bid for the project as part of a consortium led by Siemens.

Work on the tram will commence immediately, and is expected to be completed by 2015

CEO Laurie Voyer expressed hope that this contract win could lead to further, more lucrative deals for the company as Doha begins to put its US$35bn rail plans into motion.

“By successfully delivering this project, we will place ourselves in an ideal position to secure additional work as part of the Doha Metro,” he said.

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