Qatar has renewed a major commitment totaling $185 million to Houston-based international engineering and construction firm KBR Inc. for continued infrastructure management over the next three years as it generates improvements to its expressway system.
The state has collaborated with KBR since 2010 to enhance ground connectivity. Its QAR 50B Expressway Program, as the project is known, has grown to become one of the largest initiatives of its kind, with 40 individual highway developments, 900 kilometers of road surface and 348 bridges and underpasses.
Qatar's Public Works Authority, also known as Ashghal, works closely with KBR for smooth coordination. The grid of connecting expressways is designed to provide new east-west and north-south links, increase traffic capacity and create safe corridors for cyclists and walkers, as well as enhance trucking routes around the capital of Doha, ultimately sustaining Qatar’s economic growth.
"This contract extension is great recognition of the partnership we have forged with Ashghal and for the highly regarded performance of the KBR professionals who are delivering this large scale, complex program of work," Stuart Bradie, KBR president and CEO, said. "Increasing our role in Qatar's Expressway Program is an important part of our strategy to grow our regional Gulf business."