Dubai's Drake says unit wins $30m Qatar contract

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Drake & Scull International said on Tuesday that its engineering division has won a contract worth AED110 million ($30 million) for a district cooling plant at Lusail City, a new city being built in Qatar.

Under the agreement, Drake & Scull Engineering (DSE) will design and build a district cooling plant of 14,250 tons of refrigeration that will supply chilled water to the early completed buildings in Lusail City by July 2015.

The scope of work includes building of the district cooling plant along with all associated equipments, controls, instruments, piping and valves, the company said in a statement to the Dubai Financial Market.

DSE Qatar said it will also undertake civil work for foundations, plinths, above ground concrete water tanks, and electric rooms, including 11 KV switch gear rooms, transformer rooms, LV MCC rooms and generator rooms, as required by Qatar General Electricity and Water Cooperation.

Ahmad Al Naser, managing director of Drake & Scull Engineering, said: "These are exciting times for Qatar's construction segment, which is expected to grow by 10.1 percent before the end of 2014, according to a report by Business Monitor International. With this large influx of projects, Drake & Scull remains steadfast in its commitment to play a major role in the industry's growth by leveraging its brand of world-class high quality services across Qatar's current batch of high-profile projects."

Karem Akawi, area general manager, Drake & Scull Qatar, added: "The winning of the contract for this project reaffirms our engineering expertise, which has been one of our key strengths in bagging several major contracts in Qatar... we are aiming to expand into the country's new and upcoming sectors such as Rail and we look forward to playing a pioneering role in Qatar's public transport sector."