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Qatar construction cost set to rise 18% by 2017, shortages of cement predicted
Source: BI-ME , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:03 pm

QATAR. MEED Cost Indices (MCI) announced today that it has launched a forecast Tender Price Index (TPI) for Qatar after successfully launching the Middle East’s first TPI for the UAE in February 2012.

Based on data which has been exclusively sourced from more than 200 construction projects across a variety industry sectors, a model was developed to predict the future trends for costs in Qatar up until 2017.

Emil Rademeyer, the General Manager for MCI said, “Construction costs in Qatar are expected to increase by 18 per cent by 2017 as the country starts work on projects as it prepares to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.”

In addition to the online TPI portal, a report entitled “Qatar Forecast Construction Cost” has also been released today.  Next year the index predicts that costs will be 4% higher as work starts on major new infrastructure projects such as the Doha Metro scheme that are currently being tendered. Overall, the index forecasts that over US$15 billion worth of construction contracts will be awarded in Qatar this year.

The value of contract awards is set to more than double from 2013 onwards and is forecast to peak in 2017 at US$40 billionn. According to new findings published within the report, a rapid increase in project awards and the resulting construction work on-site will strain Qatar’s supply chain to breaking point.

With limited domestic production of construction materials and a dependence on foreign workers and staff, most resources are expected to be in short supply, driving up costs. Shortages are expected for resources such as cement, rebar, steel, skilled and unskilled labour.

Rademeyer added “For cement, Qatar is expected to have a shortfall reaching almost 3 million tonnes a year in 2015. The current production capacity of 6.2 million tonnes per annum will render a small surplus during 2012 and acute shortages form 2013 onwards.”

With current trading conditions allowing only Qatar cement producers to import cement a possible duopoly could result in significant cost increases or project delays.
The most likely sources of cement will be suppliers in the northern emirates of the UAE which all have large surplus capacities as a result of heavy investments made during the UAE’s construction boom.

In addition, Doha’s port facilities are also expected to drive up costs. The existing port has a limited capacity which means that contractors have had to wait for imports coming through the port.

A new port, which is currently being built at Mesaieed is expected to alleviate the bottleneck, but it is not expected to start operations until 2016.

“It is therefore imperative that all parties involved with Qatar’s rapidly expanding construction sector are fully aware of the implications of imbalances to supply and demand.  MCI’s quarterly construction cost reports and online analytical tools provide a means for companies to mitigate their construction risks” says Richard Thompson, Editor of MEED.

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