Japanese-led consortium to build Doha Metro rail systems

Qatar Rail has awarded the contract for rolling stock and railway systems of the new Doha Metro to an international consortium led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. This one of the world’s largest metro projects.

The consortium, which also includes Mitsubishi Corp, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Thales, will be responsible for turnkey construction of the fully automated driverless system, including track, signalling, power distribution, telecommunications, platform screen doors, tunnel ventilation and the supply of 75 three-car driverless train sets.

The four-line Doha metro will be built in two phases and cover a total distance of 241 kilometres with 106 stations, of which 123 kilometres will be constructed underground.

Phase 1 is scheduled for completion by 2019, with ongoing works “being done according to our timeline that we set at the beginning of the project”, Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi, CEO of Qatar Rail, said.

MHI will be responsible for the track, power supply, platform screen doors and tunnel ventilation, in addition to overseeing the overall project management and system integration.

Thales is to supply communications-based train control signalling, telecoms, a security system, an operations control centre and an automatic fare collection system.

The automated driverless trains will be jointly supplied by Mitsubishi Corp and Kinki Sharyo.

Hitachi will be responsible for some project management duties and handle facilities maintenance, including provision of specialist maintenance and inspection vehicles.

“We look forward to add more value to our project knowing the international expertise of the Japanese fellows and to provide Doha with a fully secure and automated driverless metro system,” said Al Muhannadi.

The new metro system will connect the main areas of Doha, including an airport inaugurated last year, and is expected to ease traffic congestion arising from increased population and the growing numbers of cars on the city's roads.

The Doha Metro project is part of the Qatar Rail Development Program (QRDP).

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