ACCIONA REVEALS ROUTE 2020 PROGRESS
Spain-headquartered heavy construction contractor Acciona’s scope of work for Dubai’s major Route 2020 metro extension will be complete in Q2 2020.
Acciona is one of the several contractors implementing the extension project and said it has already completed part of its scope ahead of schedule after encountering good terrain when tunnelling underground.
Route 2020 is the 15km extension of Dubai Metro’s Red Line, which includes elevated viaducts and two underground stations. Acciona’s managing director in the Middle East, Jesús Sancho, told Construction Week that the company is due to deliver its scope for the project before the summer of 2020: “The largest [ project] we have is the Route 2020 extension of the Red Line in Dubai.
“This contract was awarded two years ago, and we have to deliver it before summer 2020 – before [ Expo 2020 Dubai] starts in October 2020.
“We have delivered the tunnel, which is almost 3km- long [ and was] built using a tunnel boring machine. We encountered very good terrain, so we actually delivered that part [ of the project] ahead of time. The rest [ of our scope] is viaducts, and this will be finished before the end of 2018, so the basic infrastructure will be [ ready soon].
“From now on, our key focus will be on the stations. If you drive along Jumeirah Golf Estates or Discovery Gardens [ and the] Ibn Battuta Mall area, you will see the different stations all the way to the expo [ site],” Sancho continued.
Construction work on some of the seven stations – which include an interchange, three above- ground stations, two underground ones, and an Expo 2020 Dubai station – is progressing well. Some of the stations, including the underground facilities, have already noted progress of 40-50%, Sancho claimed.
“This is a key project that we are focused on advancing for RTA [ Roads and Transport Authority] along with our partners, Alstom and Gulermak,” he added.
In 2016, RTA awarded a $2.8bn ( AED10.5bn) contract for Dubai Metro’s Route 2020 extension project to Expolink Consortium, which comprises Acciona, France’s Alstom, and Turkey’s Gulermak Heavy Industries Construction & Contracting Company. Acciona and Gulermak’s scope for Route 2020 includes all heavy construction and civil infrastructure work.
Sancho also outlined the strategy for Saudi Arabia, where it is currently bidding on four sewage treatment and water desalination projects. The public- private partnership projects are located in Rabigh, Shuqaiq, Dammam, and Jeddah Airport. Sancho expects similar schemes in Yanbu, Taif, and Ras Al Khair.
Route 2020 is a major extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line that includes a 15km rail alignment with construction of one interchange station and six further stops.