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The $5bn Sharq Crossing Programme, previously known as the Doha Bay Crossing programme, is moving ahead with the awarding of a $185mn contract by Ashghal to US-based Fluor Corporation for programme management and construction supervision services.
The contract was recently signed by both parties, heraldonline.com reported. Sharq Crossing is a marquee programme in Qatar's ambitious development plans ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The project will traverse Doha Bay and comprise bridge sections interconnected by an immersed tube tunnel to create a new passageway beneath the waters of Doha Bay. Completion of the system is required by 2020 to support the run-up to the World Cup event.
"We are extremely proud to have been chosen to work side-by-side with Ashghal to develop and oversee this landmark project that will help transform the landscape of Doha," Herb Morgan, business line lead for Fluor Infrastructure, was quoted as saying by heraldonline.com
"Fluor's strategic programme management experience in the Middle East underscores the value we bring to our clients on major transportation and infrastructure projects like Sharq Crossing."
The project will be led from Fluor's Doha office with support from the Abu Dhabi and Greenville, South Carolina, offices. A team has already mobilised to the field and is supporting the client on the project.
The Sharq Crossing Programme, set to be completed by 2019-2020, is part of Ashghal's massive QR100bn infrastructure development projects.
For more than 100 years, Fluor Corporation has partnered with its clients to design, build and maintain many of the world's most challenging and complex capital projects.
The company which has a global network of offices on six continents and more than 40,000 employees, provides services in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, fabrication, operations, maintenance and project management.
Fluor serves a global client base in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, operations and maintenance, manufacturing and life sciences, mining, power and transportation sectors.
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 110 on the FORTUNE 500 list and had revenue of $27.6bn in 2012.
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