The Doha Metro Gold Line: A globally challenging Design and Build infrastructure contract

April 2014

The Doha Metro Gold Line, also known as the Historic Line, is designed to support the underground transportation system in Central Doha, Qatar. More specifically, the Line extends from Ras Bu Abboud Station in the east (near Hamad International Airport), crosses Msheireb Major Station and reaches Sport City in the west (near Aspire Zone). The Gold Line comprises of 10 stations, namely Ras Bu Abboud, Qatar National Museum, Souq Waqif, Bin Mahmoud, Al Sadd, Joaan, Al Sudan, Al Waab, Sport City and Al Aziziyah. The overall Doha Metro Gold Line route length is estimated at about 32 km.

The Gold Line 'Design & Build' (D&B) Contract was assigned by Qatar Rail to the ALYSJ Joint Venture, which is led by AKTOR and includes L&T, Yapi Merkezi, STFA and Al Jaber Engineering’s participation.

All works for the Gold Line Underground Project are conducted, following the highest standards. Top priority is given to Health, Safety and Environment provisions, while sustainable design is further highlighted with the application of Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), which is about a specialized methodology, just suited for the unique Gulf environment.

What is more, as of this day, the Joint Venture has achieved over 8 million Safe Man Hours, without any Lost Time Injuries (LTI). This quite impressive safety milestone was achieved through consistent efforts, hard work and cooperation of all devoted crew members, dedicated to smooth running of the Project.

The Gold Line Underground Project proved to be quite demanding, for, as the AKTOR Managing Director, Mr Dimitrios Kallitsantsis, aptly remarked in the February 22nd first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Launch Ceremony in Airport City North, “in the global infrastructure marketplace very rarely does a project of such magnitude and complexity, across a crowded and busy city like Doha has reached the very challenging and tight target we are witnessing today”.

Recently, following the Prime Minister’s visit at the Al Qassar site, the Qatar Rail Communications Department held a press conference, in order to inform all media about the Doha Metro Projects recent advancements. Therein, the Qatar Rail Managing Director, Abdulla Abdulaziz T Al Subaie, announced completion of about 20km, out of 113 km of tunnels, in regard to the first phase of the complete Doha Metro Projects.

As concerns the above disclosed numbers, 150 meters correspond to the Gold Line Underground Project the last of the packages to be awarded, as 6 Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), dubbed Lusail, Sharq, Al Saad, Al Waab, Al Sailiya and Ras bu Abboud, already operate on the Doha Metro Gold Line, in tunnels with an average depth of 20m below ground.

This thorough development guarantees fast results. Thus, completion of the Doha Metro Gold Line construction activities is expected by August of 2018.

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