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Ashghal News

Written by  Author |   Tue, 24 May 2016 05:05


1) The Northern truck route section to open in 2017

H.E. the Minister of Municipality and Environment (MME) Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi visited the construction site of contract two and contract four of the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route "The Orbital", which is one of Ashghal's expressway projects which has been designed to link the areas north and south of Qatar. The Minister was received by H.E. Eng. Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi, President of the Public Works Authority, Eng. Jalal Yousef Al Salhi, Director of Infrastructure Affairs, Eng. Nasser Ghaith Al Kuwari, Manager of Ashghal’s Expressway Department, and Mr. Abdulla Al Attiyah, Technical Office Manager at Ashghal.  
The New Orbital Highway and Truck Route is considered a vital addition to the road network of Qatar as it will form a free flowing traffic route connecting the south of Qatar to its North.  The project is located to the west, north and south of Doha, and it will see the construction of around 200 km of new dual carriageway stretching from Mesaieed in the south to west of Al Khor in the north. The Orbital road will include 22 main interchanges, including bridges and underpasses that will connect the Orbital to the main roads and expressways of the East-West Corridor Project, Salwa Road, Dukhan Highway, and Al Shamal Road.   
When complete the Orbital will provide a swift and efficient highway that will provide better connectivity for Qatar's most important industrial areas; namely Mesaieed, New Hamad Port, Dukhan, Al Khor, and Ras Laffan, without the need to travel through the main residential communities of Al Wakra, Doha, and Al Khor.  This will help to alleviate congestion and better manage vehicle movement in these areas.  
Consisting of seven lanes in each direction, the new highway and truck route provides heavy vehicles with their own separate roadway with two truck lanes in each direction, allowing traffic to flow freely and safely along main expressways. The Orbital will become nationally significant in the movement of people and good around the country. It is designed to manage up to 1500 Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV) per hour in each direction; it can cater for general traffic volumes at approximately 8,000 vehicles per hour in each direction. 
Major infrastructure improvements will be implemented as part of the project, including a storm water drainage network, treated sewage effluent networks for irrigation, communications networks, street lighting, and ITS. Allowance for the future long distance rail and freight rail lines has been also accommodated. The project will also provide services infrastructure including underpasses for camels, weighing stations, side road parking bays, green landscape and metal beam guardrails along the road. 

2) Qatar's expressway project on track for 2017 launch

Qatar's Public Works Authority (Ashghal) said the construction work on the East-West Corridor Project, the country's ambitious expressway, is progressing as per schedule and is due for completion in the second quarter of 2017.
The scope of work includes construction of 22 km of a new dual carriageway on the expressway which will feature five lanes in each direction stretching from the west of Barwa City to Al Matar Street south of the Air Force Roundabout.
The project includes eight grade-separated interchanges that will provide new access to key roads and residential areas such as Al Matar Street, Najma Street extension, Barwa Access Road, F-Ring Road, the Orbital Highway and Al Wakra Bypass.
This project is considered a vital part of the Expressway Programme in the south of Qatar. Covering infrastructure improvements in the area, the project will include the upgrade and relocation of utilities, new street lighting, installation of intelligent transport systems and storm water drainage, said a senior official.
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani recently visited the project site to study the progress of the project. He was received by Ashghal president Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi, Infrastructure Affairs director Jalal Yousef Al Salhi and Ashghal’s Expressway Department manager Nasser Ghaith Al Kuwari.
During the tour, Al Mawlawi briefed the Prime Minister on the project's scope and the milestones achieved by Ashghal till date.
The project also provides links to the New Orbital Highway and Truck Route "Orbital" which stretches from Mesaieed to Al Khor city and Ras Laffan Industrial City.

3) Construction of General Cleanliness Buildings Complex in Industrial Area completed

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announced the completion of the General Cleanliness Buildings Complex in Doha Industrial Area, which is one of Ashghal’s most significant integrated services projects. The project is soon to be delivered to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment – General Cleanness Department and Administrative Services Department.
The project consists of four areas:

1) Area (A) - workers accommodation 
2) Area (B) - employees’ families’ accommodation 
3) Area (C) - administrative and services buildings, and trucks parking 
4) Area (D) - maintenance services, vehicle washing and fuel station

The buildings cover 58,586 m2 of the total project area which spreads across 158,470 m2. The project also includes entertainment and commercial areas for workers, sports facilities and green areas with 707 parking spaces for trucks and buses. 

Area (A) includes five buildings for workers accommodation that consist of basement, ground plus two floors and 66 rooms each, with a total of 330 rooms in all five buildings. The project comprises of a commercial and a service building that includes a ground floor with four shops and other facilities including a clinic. 

Area (A) also includes three courts, a mosque, a covered storage area, and parking spaces for nine trucks. 

Area (B) includes two family accommodation buildings for employees. Each building consists of a ground plus two floors with a total of 24 apartments in both buildings, 12 of which are two-bedroom and the other 12 are three-bedroom apartments.

Area (B) also includes an accommodation building for employees that consists of a ground plus two floors comprising of 45 studio apartments in addition to a playground, football pitch, basketball and handball courts, prayer room, green areas and parking space for 99 vehicles.

Area (C) includes an administrative building consisting of a ground + first floor, water tank building, underground pumping rooms, in addition to parking spaces for 393 heavy trucks, 79 medium-sized trucks, four equipment transportation trucks, 73 vehicles, 12 trucks with tanks to transport liquids, and 38 light goods vehicles. There is also a store for spare parts and tyres, a maintenance building and green areas.  

Area (D) includes a gas station with a capacity for12 vehicles and trucks. There are four buildings for vehicle maintenance and washing with a capacity for servicing 15 trucks and vehicles simultaneously. The area also includes vehicle wash facility with a capacity for six trucks to be serviced simultaneously, and a building for recycling water and green areas.

It is worth mentioning that The Public Works Authority implements numerous public buildings projects in the country under education, health, municipality and general sectors.

4) 2 million man-hours without loss time injury (LTI) for Doha west sewage treatment works – extension 5 

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ honored the contractor working on Doha West Sewage Treatment Works – Extension 5 project for achieving 2 million man-hours without loss time injuries. The ceremony was held at Ashghal’s headquarters, where Eng. Khaled Saif Al Khayarein, Manager of Drainage Networks Projects Department presented the certificate to representatives of the project contractor Suez – Marubeni joint venture.  
The Doha West Sewage Treatment Works in Al Sailiya is considered one of the most important treatment works projects in the country. It started with a capacity of about 20,000 m3 / day, however given the increase in population it was expanded several times until its capacity reached 175,500 m3 per day after the 4th extension. The plant currently receives approximately 200,000 m3 per day. 

A station to receive sewage tankers was built with a capacity of about 50,000 m3 per day to replace Al Karaana Lagoon, which required a 5th extension to increase the plant’s capacity to 280,000 m3 per day. The contractor started working on the extension project in Q2, 2015 and it is expected to be completed in Q3, 2017.
The fifth extension includes secondary treatment works, system for treating and drying sludge and three-stage filtration process. It also includes the development of an advanced system to disinfect treated water in a way that does not harm the surrounding nature. The project will also include building a pumping station for treated water. 

5) Ashghal signs MoU with QDB to support local SMEs sector

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar Development Bank (QDB) to support the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Qatar. Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi, President of Ashghal, signed the agreement with Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Development Bank.

The agreement is aimed at enhancing cooperation between Ashghal and QDB in supporting and developing local industries and SMEs by providing them with opportunities to participate in the authority’s projects, in addition to providing them with financial and advisory support and guidance in order to be able to develop and expand their activities, thereby creating a sustainable economy.

6) Ashghal opens the Jerayan Nejaima intersection 

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has opened the Jerayan Nejaima Intersection, near the North Atlantic College of Qatar, in all directions. Some pavement and utilities installation works are still in progress in the roads leading to the intersection. The opening of the intersection will contribute in easing the movement of traffic to and from the nearby universities and schools in the area, given the usual congestion at peak hours.

"The opening of Jerayan Nejaima Intersection is part of a project to develop roads surrounding the camp in Al Duhail area, and as part of Ashghal’s efforts to enhance the traffic flow and ease the congestion across the country by converting a number of roundabouts into signal-controlled intersections," a press release said.
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