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Qatar TBMs take Guinness world record

1 Oct 15 Qatar Rail has been recognised by Guinness World Records for having the largest number of tunnel boring machines operating simultaneously in a single project.

Qatar Rail is overseeing the construction of Qatar’s integrated railway network and 21 tunnel boring machines (TBM) are deployed across the works for the Doha Metro. The record was 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 programme management office.

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“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,” said Qatar Rail managing director Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie. “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.”

Qatar Rail  CEO Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi added: “With a Guinness book recognition under our belt, we carry an even greater and larger responsibility towards our community in successfully closing the tunnelling 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.”

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