Turks in hunt for $2 billion spend spree on Qatar roads

Prequalification underway for one of the largest road spending packages ever to be let in region

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By  Sean Cronin and Conrad Egbert Published  September 2, 2006

An international line up of contractors is set to descend on Doha to prequalify for a US $2.2 billion (QR8 billion) road spending bonanza. Qatar’s Public Works Authority, (Ashghal), has announced a prequalification process for one of the largest road packages ever let in the Middle East. Several Turkish firms are understood to be chasing the work, including new arrival Yuksel, which is now actively pursuing contracts. Baytur and Gama are also likely to tender for individual packages that will cover some 450km of urban and rural roads. It will also involve construction of 53 interchanges, parallel frontage roads and provisions for an ‘intelligent transportation system’. Last month, Ashghal opened prequalifications for tenders in major highway projects, including the Doha Expressway, Lusail Road, Salwa Highway-Phase II and Dukhan Highway. An Ashghal spokesman said: “Anyone can apply including international companies who are not obliged to partner with local ones. Nothing is finalised as yet but the project is expected to be divided into 13 individual contracts that will cost a total of around QR8 billion. The submission date for the prequalifications is 20 September 2006 and it could take up to a year before any contracts are awarded.” The Doha Expressway project includes linking of the North and South of the country, in addition to various other road projects, while the Lusail Expressway will ease traffic flow into the heart of Doha. The Salwa International Highway, another major highway project, extends from Industrial Interchange to A-Ring Road. The first phase of this road, which extends from the industrial area to the Boo-Samra border is in the final stages of completion. Ashghal is now looking to hand out phase two. The Dukhan Highway will consist of a four-lane dual carriageway and five interchanges.

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