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Helping build Qatar’s rail network

The signing of the ‘Green Line’ project for the Doha metro marks the largest tender in PORR’s history.

The PORR Group began life in the old imperial city of Vienna in 1869, when the company was formed by leading industrialists to reshape Vienna’s Ringstrasse. Today, it is one of the largest construction companies in Austria and one of the market leaders in Europe, with 10,700 employees and a production capacity in 2012 of around 2.9 billion euros. It covers all areas of construction, ranging from residential to complex infrastructure projects.

In line with Qatar’s rapid development, the Qatar Integrated Railway Network includes plans for light rail, a high-speed passenger line and a freight rail line.

The first ‘enabling works’ construction contract, which covered construction site preparation works on Doha’s subway construction project, was awarded in Autumn 2012 to the consortium of PORR- SBG - HBK. Thomas Stiegler, CEO of PORR Qatar said: “PORR and its joint venture partners, HBK Contracting and Saudi Binladin Group, have great synergies. PORR offers superb tunnelling expertise, whilst SBG and HBK provide essential local market knowledge”.

The signing of the ‘Green Line’ project for the Doha metro marks the largest tender in PORR’s history. The complete tender, worth around EUR 1.89bn, has been awarded to the same consortium. Within the consortium PORR is responsible for 50% of the overall project, representing an order volume of around 945m euros. This has led the PORR order backlog to reach a historic high of almost 4.5bn euros.

The ‘Green Line’ project will see the construction of a double tunnel tube with a length of 16.6km and also involves building eight metro stations over a 5-year construction period. The complete Doha metro project consists of the Red Line North, Red Line South, Gold Line, Green Line and flagship stations, and is part of a far-reaching infrastructure initiative as part of Qatar’s National Development Plan for 2030.