AC­CIONA RE­VEALS ROUTE 2020 PROGRESS

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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.

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