Doha Metro on schedule; 62 percent of work complete
09 Jul 2017 - 2:10
Depot Track Works leading into Light Maintenance Building
Qatar Rail has achieved 62% completion of the Doha Metro Project and is on schedule so far, said Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie.
“Over 280 million man-hours worked and the 10 Metro Packages have now progressed to the next stage of construction which will see all the 37 stations undergo mechanical, electrical and architectural fit out,” he said.
Al Subaie added: “The 4km track works for the Railway Test Section along the Metro Red Line is now complete while work on the Heavy Maintenance Depot at Ras Bu Fentas is vigorously progressing and on track for the arrival of the Rolling Stock (Trains) by end of year.”
Minister of Transport and Communication, H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti stated that the strategic initiatives show the strong commitment of Qatar Rail and the Ministry of Transport and Communication to continuously explore opportunities and best practices aimed at successfully delivering infrastructure projects for the transportation sector.”
As part of its commitment to delivering the Qatar Rail Programme on schedule, Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) recently conducted a Delivery Alignment Workshop. The objective of the workshop-attended by both Qatar Rail’s executive management, project delivery team and its project management consultants (PMCs)- was to evaluate the extent of progress to date and explore all opportunities to accelerate progress and ensure that timely delivery is secured.
Opening the workshop, Qatar Rail’s Managing Director & CEO, Eng Abdulla Al Subaie, said: “We are very pleased with the progress of the Metro Phase 1 Program as it approaches 62% overall completion. Over 280 million man-hours has been worked and the 10 Metro civil packages have now progressed to the next stage of construction which will see all the 37 stations undergo mechanical, electrical and architectural fit outs, a colossal undertaking and notable milestone for a landmark project.” Al Subaie added; “The completion of a 4km trackwork railway test section along the Metro Red Line, together with the extensive progress made at the Main Depot at Ras Bu Fentas signals readiness for the arrival of the first consignment of trains before end of year. The civil structures are 95% complete, and are scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The railway systems installation is on progress and the first trains will be tested on the test section of the Red Line before end of this year.”
In recognition of its unique nature as a infrastructure project in Qatar, the Doha Metro Project will undergo a novel and thorough review and inspection process by the competent authorities. As part of the efforts to build confidence in the timely completion and delivery of the project, and nurture a transparent working protocol, Qatar Rail has initiated an early inspection protocol with the competent authorities. An integral part of this effort has been the development of the Pilot Station concept.
Three of the 37 Metro Stations for Phase 1 have been designated as ‘Pilot Stations’ and will serve as a benchmark for the integrated station model for Civil, MEP and Systems. These stations are Al Qassar Station as part of the Red Line North Underground package, Al Doha Al Jadeda Station as part of the Red Line South Underground package, and Economic Zone Station as part of the Red Line South Elevated and At Grade package.
The first Pilot Station, Al Qassar, has witnessed remarkable progress with civil and structural works almost 98% comple in the last month. The entrance shelter structure has been erected with internal architectural works now ongoing: the final wall finishes (tiling) has commenced.
For the second Pilot Station, Al Doha Al Jadeda, the trackwork has been installed within the station and the systems equipment rooms are being fitted out. The first batch of escalators have been delivered to site for installation with structural concrete works nearing completion. The pedestrian underpasses are structurally complete without the need for disrupting the flow of traffic on the existing Al Matar road above. Architectural interior fit-out is also at an advanced stage.
The third Pilot Station, Economic Zone, has also witnessed profound progress, currently 78% overall complete. As of end of June 2017, the civil and structural works are complete while internal architectural works are now in progress with superstructure for walls and vaults completed. Installation of the glass reinforced panel roof cladding to the main building is over 80% complete with the glass Facade for nearly 70% of the station is in place. The trackwork has been installed within the station and the systems equipment rooms are being fitted out. All ten escalators are now fully installed. The pedestrian bridges and access buildings are structurally complete with Facade works ongoing. The project has also engaged with Qatar Civil Defense and it is proposed to have the first site visit scheduled for 15 July 2017.
Forward Outlook for the Remainder of 2017
The first four (4) Rolling Stock (Trains) from Japan are anticipated to arrive in Doha before year end.
Three (3) out of the 37 Metro Stations, namely: Al Doha Al Jadeda, Al Qassar and Economic Zone, have been designated as ‘Pilot Stations’ and are expected to be ready for final inspection by Qatar Civil Defense by December 2017.
Testing and Commissioning is projected to commence by the 4th Quarter of 2017.
Substantial completion of all three (3) Elevated Stations of the Metro Red Line South anticipated by the end of December 2017.
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