SOURCE: Siemens | 30 Jul 2012

Siemens Infrastructure & Cities has been commissioned to set up a turnkey tram system in Qatar's capital city Doha. The customer is the Qatar Foundation. In addition to 19 trams, the scope of delivery also include signal and communication technology, the rail electrification system and equipping a depot. The order is worth more than 100 million euros, and the trams will start running from fall 2015.

Starting from fall 2015, 19 trams will be in operation without overhead contact lines (OCL) on an 11.5 kilometer track with 25 stations. They will be equipped with an energy storage system from Siemens, which will be recharged at the stations even on the shortest stops. In addition, up to 30% of the energy used can be reused for driving the trams by recovering braking energy. The cars will also be adapted to cope with the extreme climatic conditions in the region. A powerful air conditioning system and special insulation on the roof will provide protection from the sun's rays and the high outdoor temperatures.

The order is part of Qatar's preparations for the 2022 Soccer World Cup. By then, around 60 billion US dollars should have been invested in expanding the country's infrastructure. Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The Institute for International Finances (IIF) in Washington expects 8.2 percent growth in GDP for 2012.

Siemens' customer is the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Qatar Foundation is a regional Center of Excellence in education and research that will help transform Qatar into a knowledge-based society as part of the Qatar National Vision 2030. It will house a unique cluster of top universities and world-class research and technology centers.

The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector is helping to improve the quality of life over the long term for the people in urban areas through its sustainable technologies. One example of this is the turnkey tram system in Doha, for which various units in the Sector are pooling their know-how in order to optimize mobility for the people, use energy more efficiently and save CO2.

Vehicles have been ordered that are based on the Avenio platform, the most up-to-date tram in the world. The low-floor technology and ergonomic design offer passengers a high level of comfort. In addition, the energy storage system for optimizing energy consumption and the OCL-free operation make Avenio a role model for sustainable, rail-bound local transport. Siemens will supply 19 trams, each with three cars and able to accommodate up to a maximum of 239 passengers.