The east-west line runs from Doha Airport South to Al Rayyan and will have 13 underground stations. The construction phase will utilise six tunnel boring machines simultaneously and the contract includes the fitting out of stations. The project is expected to be completed by August 2018.

The ALYSJ consortium is led by Aktor, a subsidiary of Greek construction group Ellaktor, which holds a 32% stake, and includes Larsen & Toubro, India, Turkish firms Yapi Merkezi and STFA, and Al jabber Engineering, Qatar.

The contract award follows the appointment on April 12 of a Systra-Parsons joint venture in a €234m management and works supervision contract for Phase 1 of the metro undertaking.