Smoothing the road ahead
With two million tonnes of asphalt to lay, only the best and most reliable equipment will do for the New Orbital Highway
As part of a JV with QDVC, Bin Omran is working on a major contract worth over QAR4bn ($1bn), commissioned to undertake the design and construction of the New Orbital Highway & Truck Route (P023) Contract 2, Salwa Road to North Relief Road.
The design and built consists of 47km of a five-lane dual carriageway for light vehicles and two lanes dedicated for trucks in each direction; six viaducts; 17 bridges and underpasses and a 320m cut-and-cover tunnel. The contract includes eight grade-separate interchanges with cross roads, collectors-distributors, overpass and underpass structures, pedestrian and bicycle paths, landscape, hardscape and artscape.
The contract will connect the North Relief Road with Salwa Road; the highway will bypass Doha and relieve current traffic congestion, while preparing to accommodate projected road traffic increases. Works started in May 2014 and is due to be completed in 36 months.
With 98% of its work coming from the government, and enjoying the role of preferred supplier to Ashghal, the Public Work Authority, CEO of Bin Omran, Dori Labaki feels confident in the work pipeline and that the company has the right equipment for the job: “We have invested heavily in securing the right machinery, we only have the best,” he points out – and that meant investing close to QR50mn.
With the aim of creating “the smoothest road in Qatar” Konstantinos Kanellaidis, head of pavement works, is confident that the company has the right machinery for the job.
He elaborates, “On the Orbital Highway, the average productivity required from us is 5,000 tonnes of asphalt per day. Laid at 7cm thick, one kilometre takes 1,500 tonnes of asphalt, so that equates to 3km per day.”
To lay the asphalt, the company invested heavily in paving equipment, close to QR30mn. For this, Bin Omran purchased Vögele pavers from Wirtgin, the German OEM. Economy was the main drawcard in favour of using the new Super 2100-3 tracked paver for the construction project and the Super 800 compact small paver, to handle smaller aspects of the contract.
Ali Akbar, plant manager for Bin Omran, Qatar explains that the company’s asphalt plants also play a major role in productivity and ensuring delivery of the massive contract. “Presently we have three plants and two cement bond macadam (CBM) plants. Two of the asphalt plants are from Parker, as well as crushers, and one is from Marini.”
Kanellaidis adds, “But bear in mind, the road is made up of three separate layers. Also, this is only one lane of the carriageway, which comprises three lanes per side, in opposite directions, excluding the truck and cycle lanes. That means that we have to produce two million tonnes of asphalt.”
While the the Parker plant is located on the North Road site of the Orbital Highway project and able to produce 240 tonnes per hour, with a view to maximising productivity, Kanellaidis adds, “We also purchased a Benninghoven asphalt plant (QR20mn) that will replace the older plants that we have presently.”