QATAR RAIL ON TRACK
Qatar Metro project will achieve 70% “project progress rate” next year, according to Qatar Rail.
As many as 37 stations of the Doha Metro project are under construction with more than 41,000 workers onsite. The metro project has so far worked a total of 202 million man hours and achieved one of the lowest accident frequency rates (AFR) in construction in the world, Qatar Rail said at its third all-staff town hall meeting attended by management and employees.
Qatar Rail cited the completion of viaducts on the Doha Metro Project as one of the significant milestones achieved in 2016. A few months earlier the company celebrated the completion of all tunneling works. Next year's other milestones expected for the Doha Metro project are the arrival of the first four trains in Doha, dynamic testing of the first train in Japan, and awarding the rail and “FM operator” contracts, as well as advancement of operational readiness preparations and the development of revenue-generating capabilities.
Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, Qatar Rail Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee, said, “We are about to embark on the most critical phase of the Rail Development Programme; we will be soon transitioning from a rail developer to a rail operator. We have launched a Business Transformation Programme that rests on four pillars: delivery of the programme on time, budget and quality, financial and operational sustainability, organisational efficiency and building Qatari capabilities.”