Qatar Rail Celebrates Completion of 100km of Tunneling on Doha Metro
Doha, Qatar: Qatar Rail celebrated completion of 100km of tunneling across the Doha Metro Project. The achievement of this significant milestone means that 90% of tunneling has been achieved, with 11km more required to complete all underground sections for this landmark project.
The 100th kilometer was crossed by a tunnel boring machine (TBM) on the southern section of the Red Line. The overall completion of Doha Metro now currently stands at 41%.
Celebrating the occasion at Al Waab Station on the Gold Line was Qatar Rail Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi, Project Director for the Gold Line, Samuel Adair McChesney, along with senior management and members of the Qatar Rail team. Workers involved in achieving this milestone also gathered to mark the achievement.
Dr. Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi commented on the occasion: “I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all those involved in the completion of tunneling on the Gold Line which was achieved through nearly 27 million safe man-hours. While we strive to deliver our project on time and to schedule, we always aim to do so with the highest levels of occupational health and safety, to help safeguard our employees, partners and the wider public.”
“We expect Doha Metro to have a transformational effect on the nation, better connecting our communities with a sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation solution. The achievement of these double milestones brings us one step closer to its much anticipated delivery.”
Daily progress across Doha Metro project is now based on 11 operational TBMs. Out of the record breaking 21 TBMs which began work on Doha Metro, and saw Qatar Rail recognised by the Guinness World Records for “The Largest Number of Tunnel Boring Machines Operating Simultaneously in a Single Project”, ten TBMs have since completed their sections of tunneling and been decommissioned.
A month of significant achievement, Qatar Rail also saw the completion of tunneling on Doha Metro’s Gold Line with the final breakthrough on 19th May at Msheireb station. Tunneling on the Gold Line started on 3rd March, 2015. The milestone was achieved by TBM Lusail which began work on its section of the line on 31st March, 2015 and covered a total of 4.3km in this time. TBM Lusail started its mission at Ras Bu Abboud Station and crossed Qatar National Museum Station and Souq Waqif Station before completing its journey at Msheireb Station. Total operational length of the underground sections of the Gold Line is 15km.
Samuel Adair McChesney said: “I am extremely proud of the outstanding performance achieved by the six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) during the successful completion of all the tunneling works on the Gold Line project.”
He added: “The TBMs set many records on their 22km journey across Doha, from the quickest TBM manufacture, delivery and launch time; to the best progress for a TBM achieved in a single day of 60 metres. I am especially proud that the tunnels have been built to a world class standard, with the very highest standards of Quality and Safety being achieved on all six of the TBM tunnel drives. This is all testament to the hard work and dedication of the specialist tunnel crews who diligently carried out the tunnelling works keeping the TBMs moving forward day and night. It is fantastic to successfully achieve this critical project milestone and it is a huge step forward for the team towards the successful delivery of the Gold Line project.”
The next major milestone Qatar Rail looks forward to celebrating is completion of tunneling on Doha Metro’s longest line, the Red Line. Towards the end of this year, Qatar Rail expects to move from construction into systems installation as track, power supply and signaling starts to be installed. At this point it will also start to work on the architectural finishes of the stations of Doha Metro.
The first phase of the Doha Metro project is expected to be complete in 2020.
By 2030, all the three networks – Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and the long-distance rail, which will link Qatar with the GCC Rail network – are expected to be complete. With the completion of the first phase of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram, Qatar Rail expects to offer 630,000 passenger trips per day by 2021. By then, 37 metro stations are expected to be complete, with an average journey time of three minutes between adjacent stations.