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Qatar Rail’s tunneling operations enter the Guinness World Records Book

Marking a milestone for large-scale transport projects in Qatar and across the region, Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of Qatar’s integrated railway network, has been officially recognized by the Guinness World Records (the global authority on record-breaking achievements), for “The Largest Number of Tunnel Boring Machines Operating Simultaneously in a Single Project”.


Works for Qatar Rail’s mega projects have been advancing at full speed since their launch, thanks to groundbreaking technologies from leading manufacturers and suppliers and a strong focus on operational efficiency. Qatar Rail’s 21 advanced tunnel boring machines (TBM), deployed across the works for the Doha Metro stations, have achieved many breakthrough milestones for the project’s overall progress.

“Since we embarked on this journey, we’ve committed ourselves, our resources, our partners and our technologies to delivering world-class projects with speed and efficiency. This recognition by the Guinness World Records is a hard-earned and well-deserved testament to the collective power of our teams, our partners and our stakeholders, who never lost sight of what is needed to deliver our ambitious plans. This certificate is only a chapter in our story. I am confident in that Qatar Rail will be seeing more record-setting achievements in the future,” said Qatar Rail’s Managing Director, Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie.

From his part, Eng. Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi, Qatar Rail’s CEO said: “With a Guinness book recognition under our belt, we carry an even greater and larger responsibility towards our community in successfully closing the tunneling phase for the Doha Metro project. Qatar Rail is keen on meeting and outperforming on its ambitious objectives and world-class benchmarks. We dedicate this achievement to our team, as well as to the State of Qatar and all our stakeholders who have shared our vision and ambition”.

With this recognition, Qatar Rail has broken a record previously held by India, which had set an initial benchmark of 19 simultaneously operational TBMs.

Currently, Qatar Rail manages the operations of 21 TBMs working underground as part of the Doha Metro project. The high tech machines imported from Germany, are set to accomplish the tunneling phase in 2017, while the first stage of the Doha Metro project will be delivered later in 2019.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is running the Program Management Office, providing a centralised body that aims to achieve excellence in program execution through reporting, analysing, recommending and harmonizing procedures, standards, and performance across all three rail projects.

You can see more photos of the project here.







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