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Ashghal awards major road contracts
Wednesday, 19 July, 2006

Croatian Infrastructure Minister Wajidar Kalmitam presents a memento to Zayed Mansour al-Khayareen

Staff Reporter
A QR627.65mn agreement was formally signed yesterday between a Croatian firm and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) for the construction of a major inter-change as part of the QR8bn Doha Expressway project. The project connects north of Doha with the south and the east with the west. Officials of the Konstructor  Inzenjering d.d. Split Company and Ashghal exchanged documents at a function held at the Ashghal head office in the presence of Croatian Minister for Infrastructure Wajidar Kalmitam and assistant minister Tomek Rafika. 


The proposed Industrial Area Interchange

Draizer Margeita, the Croatian Ambassador to Egypt, was also present.
Ashghal managing director Zayed Mansour al-Khayareen and the general manager of the Konstructor Inzenjering, Zeilko Zidric, signed the agreement.

Speaking at the function, al-Khayareen said the Croatian firm was awarded the contract after a global tender where there were many bidders. He expressed the hope that with their better and superior expertise in the construction of such major works, the contractors would be able to deliver the ambitious project on schedule.


The Proposed D Ring-E Ring Interchange

Drago Jozouk, Konstructor Inzenjering company manager (Middle East),  Ashghal officials assistant managing director for technical affairs Ahmed Sultan al-Kuwari,  acting assistant managing director (accounts and finance)  Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor al-Thani, acting director of roads affairs Anas Ismail al-Keilani and acting manager (finance department) Saif al-Kaabi attended the signing ceremony.   
The proposed interchange is to be built at the north-east corner of the Industrial Area, at the inter-section of the Salwa Road with Al Forousiyah Street. Besides building the four-level interchange, a 1km underpass having a three-lane dual carriage way, a roundabout with three lanes on the level of the existing Salwa Road, an east-west  bridge and a bridge linking the road with East Industrial Street are other features of the project, which is to be completed in 26 months, starting in September.

The Expressway project will be executed in phases through nine independent projects within Ashghal’s five-year plan ending in 2009-10.

Ashghal signed in January this year a contract worth QR998.80mn with a conglomerate of Al Hamed Development and Construction of the UAE and Bilfinger Berger AG of Germany  for the construction of 22 February Intersection and Emiri Street, as part of  the Doha Expressway (Phases 1 and 2).

Meanwhile, the Croatian minister told journalists that his country was exploring ways to win more contracts in the region in view of the ongoing massive construction boom in the GCC states, notably in UAE and Qatar.

He said the successful completion of the Doha project would help firms from his country earn a good reputation in the region.

Zidric and Jozouk told Gulf Times the Doha project was a major challenge to their firm and expressed the hope that they would be able to live up to the expectations in Qatar and complete  the project on schedule.

Courtesy: Gulf Times



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