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QR6 bn contracts signed to create infra for eco-friendly transportation system

QR6 bn contracts signed to create infra for eco-friendly transportation system

Satyendra Pathak
Doha
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani on Monday witnessed the signing of a slew of contracts worth QR6 billion to create world-class infrastructure for eco-friendly transportation system in Qatar.
The PM witnessed the signing of contracts to purchase buses for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as well as the services to operate them and their facilities, and the contract to establish an electric bus assembly plant, in addition to signing 11 contracts for the bus infrastructure that support the private sector.
Infrastructure such as stations, warehouses and parking lot will be established under the contract.
The factory to assemble electric buses will be set up in one of the free zones.
The contracts were signed by the Free Zones Authority, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Karwa Transportation Company, Chinese companies Yutong and Higer and a number of private sector companies working in the field of contracting and construction.
Talking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of the event, Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti said these contracts will ensure that almost 30 percent of public transport vehicles in Qatar are electric before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“All buses to be used during the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be electric. We are also in the process of signing contracts to procure almost 200 electric taxis for Mowasalat next year,” the minister said.
Signing of these contracts comes within the framework of implementing the Electric Vehicle Strategy that the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) developed as a key part of Qatar’s public transportation plan 2030.
Such steps, he said, would enhance Qatar’s ranking as a pioneer in the area of clean energy mass transit system.
“Our aim is to completely transform to an environment-friendly transport system by 2030,” he added.
Mowasalat signed two contracts with Chinese firms Yutong and Higer to purchase eco-friendly buses to be put in service during the FIFA World Cup 2022.
While the contract with Yutong is to purchase 741 electric and 261 diesel buses, the second contract with Higer is meant to purchase 1,815 diesel buses. The diesel buses will be powered by the new eco-friendly diesel available in Qatar.
The SC signed a contract with Karwa for providing operational services for such buses and their facilities, in addition to providing the smart technology and techniques to manage the bus fleet. Additionally, the contract stipulates the provision of all safety and security requirements, essential transportation plans and necessary consultation services. These contracts are estimated at nearly QR3.7 billion.
QFZA signed a multilateral framework agreement with Yutong and Mowasalat to manufacture electric buses (e-buses) in Umm AlHoul Free Zone. The manufacturing plant is expected to be set up next year and start production of electric buses before the start of 2022 FIFA World Cup. A number of such electric buses manufactured in Qatar will be earmarked for export across the Middle East, Europe, South America and Africa.
The deal will also see technology and knowledge transfers so parts for the e-buses are manufactured by Qatari firms as part of the government’s wider localisation drive.
Ashghal signed 11 contracts worth QR2 billion for building bus stations and bus depots as part of the public bus infrastructure programme.
The new bus stations and bus depots programme implemented by the Buildings Projects Department of Ashghal includes building eight main bus stations in West Bay, Musheireb, Industrial Area, Al Soudan, Al Gharrafa, Education City, Al Wakra and Lusail, with an average capacity of 25 buses in each of the stations.
The contracts also include building four huge bus depots in Lusail, Al Rayyan, Industrial Area and Al Wakra, and the area of each depot ranges from 129,000 sqm to 190,000 sqm.
Within these contracts, Ashghal will also build 2,700 bus stops on all major roads to serve thousands of passengers in many areas to use public buses. All these bus stops will have air-conditioned cabins.