The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-led consortium has received a letter of conditional acceptance from the Qatar Rail for a systems package for the Phase I of Doha Metro.
Under this new package, the consortium will be responsible for turnkey construction of a fully automated driverless metro system.
It will include 75 sets of three-car trains, platform screen doors, tracks, a railway yard and systems for signalling, power distribution, telecommunications and tunnel ventilation.
Qatar Rail CEO engineer Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi said: "Today, with the five-member Japan consortium led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, we look forward to add more value to our project knowing the international expertise of the Japanese fellows and provide Doha with a fully secure and automated driverless metro system."
In addition, the package is also expected to include maximum 20-year maintenance services for the metro system after its completion.
The Doha Metro will run through the city of Doha and consist of four lines such as Red, Green, Gold and Blue.
The lines will cover a total distance of 241km, including 123km underground, serving 106 stations along the route.
The first phase of the network is expected to be launched in 2019.
Besides Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the consortium comprises Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, The Kinki Sharyo and Thales.
Meanwhile, Qatar Rail awarded a $79m contract to the Louis Berger Egis Rail joint venture to provide project management consultancy services for all elevated and at-grade sections of the Doha Metro project.
The sections come under this contract include the Red Line North, Red Line South and Green Line, which have a combined length of approximately 16km.
Image: Doha Metro will cover a total distance of 241km serving 106 stations along the route. Photo: courtesy of Louis Berger.