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Expo 2020 Dubai site infrastructure works "running smoothly"

Infrastructure works are “running smoothly” at the Expo 2020 Dubai exhibition site, according to Six Construct’s Pierre Sironval

Expo 2020’s deep infra works include irrigation and sewerage, pipes and cabling, and telecoms ducting.
Expo 2020’s deep infra works include irrigation and sewerage, pipes and cabling, and telecoms ducting.

Infrastructure works are “running smoothly” at the Expo 2020 Dubai exhibition site, according to Six Construct’s managing director, Pierre Sironval.

The contractor, which is the wholly owned Middle East subsidiary of Belgium’s Besix Group, is conducting deep infrastructure works for the world’s fair as part of a joint venture with Egypt-headquartered Orascom Construction.

Awarded in late 2016, the deep infrastructure contract includes irrigation and sewerage, pipes and cabling, roads, electrical and water utilities, and ducting for telecommunications.

Speaking to Construction Week about how onsite logistics are being coordinated, Sironval said that activities are progressing according to plan.

“For the moment, it is still okay,” he explained. “We are expecting more challenges in the coming months as more people start to work on the project but, for now, we are one of only a limited number of contractors onsite.

“[Moreover,] we are collaborating closely with [other stakeholders]. I am personally meeting with all other contractors on a two-monthly basis in a bid to ensure that proper coordination is taking place. This gives us all a comprehensive overview of project process,” Sironval added.

Located in Dubai South, the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 site has been designed to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors per day during the event.

The world’s fair will take place between October 2020 and April 2021.

Sironval’s full-length interview will be included in issue 662 of Construction Week, which will be published on Saturday, 15 July, 2017.

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