Hamad Port to get two new container terminals
Hamad Port will increase its handling capacity to 6-million teu by 2020, with the first phase of the mega project due to open at the end of 2016, officials speaking at the 4th annual Qatar Transport Forum revealed.
At the Forum, experts said Qatar is moving ahead with more than US $40-billion worth of planned transport projects. These include the expansion of Hamad Port, the Doha Metro and long-distance passenger and freight network, and the expressway programme.
One of the highlights of the Qatar Transport Forum was the unveiling of plans for the estimated US $8-billion expansion of Hamad International Airport (HIA). NDIA Steering Committee Project Director Peter Daley, said the project includes an expansion of the main terminal building and concourse D and E.
Also revealed for the first time were plans for two additional container terminals at Hamad Port that will increase US $7.3-billion project’s handling capacity to 6 million teu.
Qatar Rail’s chief of service delivery Andrew Tailor updated the Forum on Qatar’s US $20-billion-plus integrated transport plan, which includes 21 tunnel boring machines being used on the Doha Metro project, a world record.
The project so far has seen almost 50 kilometres of tunnels completed. A total of 26,000 workers are employed on the project, equating to more than 78 million man hours worked as of the end of August.
Work on the Lusail tram scheme is even more advanced, with four of the five at grade stations completed, while the tender for the first phase design and build of the long-distance freight and rail network will be issued to contractors early next year.
On the roads side, Nasser al-Kuwari, manager of highway projects department at Ashghal, presented an overview of the US $10.8-billion expressway programme. The massive project, which involves 1,000km of new or upgraded roads, 240 major interchanges and 360 bridges, has already seen 43 major contracts awarded.
A total of 15 contracts are either in the market or are being prepared, while a further 23 are in the planning stage.