Contracts boost for projects in Qatar

Qatar will see large-scale infrastructure development work in the coming months with the Public Works Authority  appointing half a dozen consultants to manage projects worth QR 40bn yesterday.

In a major initiative aimed at strengthening Qatar’s road and drainage networks, the  Public Works Authority (Ashghal) signed contracts amounting to QR2.2bn with the consultants for the management and design of the projects spread across the country.

While announcing the contracts, Ashghal CEO and managing director Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi said the latest contracts were part of a whopping QR40bn package to be awarded in different phases in the next five years as part of a mission being undertaken to strengthen the country’s public infrastructure.

Through the signing of the contracts,  Mawlawi said the country had demonstrated its willingness and determination to realise some of its long-awaited projects that would eventually contribute to the development of a world-class infrastructure in Qatar.

In the next five years, projects worth QR30bn will  be executed in the country as part of infrastructure development, other than the massive investments expected to be seen in the form of stadiums and railway network, he said.

Along with the developments, a QR10bn worth Inner Doha Re-sewerage Implementation Strategy (Idris) will be undertaken in the next seven years, to be fully implemented by early 2019, it was announced.

The appointment of the consultants for executing projects represented one of the largest professional commitments ever awarded in Qatar, said Mawlawi.

The consultants, according to Mawlawi, were selected after a year-long rigorous competition involving 32 world class companies. The main criterion for selection was their ability to bring some of the best and unparalleled practices and resources to Qatar.

As part of its commitment, Ashghal has also introduced financial incentives and other mechanisms linked to key performance indicators aimed at encouraging the timely delivery of quality projects.

The following are the consultants: Parsons Brinkerhoff International (QR593mn), a consortium of WSP (UK) and Khatib and Alami-Lebanon (QR333mn) , Hyder Consulting Middle East (QR460mn),  Parsons International Limited ( QR194mn), WS Atkins & Partners Overseas ( QR404mn) and CH2M Hill (QR225mn).

The consultants will be responsible for concept and preliminary designs, management of design and construction supervision to ensure timely execution and delivery of  major projects like Idris, which would provide the final link for a long-term waste water treatment project in Doha.

Article by Links Group on Nov 24th 2011