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Protecting Doha's record-breaking metro network

When building the Doha Metro, Qatar Rail needed coating specialist systems for the over-ground rail sections and the back of station maintenance and storage areas. They chose systems from Hempel.

The challenge
The Doha Metro is one of the biggest construction projects ever to take place in the Middle East. The first phase is due for completion in time for the 2020 FIFA Football World Cup and will have a total length of 76 kilometres.While much of the metro network will run underground, around 11 kilometres will run over ground.

These sections need especially robust coatings to protect them from the harsh Middle Eastern climate and city centre pollution. In addition, the storage rooms and maintenance areas behind the metro’s 37 stations need special coatings that can withstand harsh chemicals and severe abrasion.

The solution
We worked closely with the customer from the start of the project to design the ideal colour scheme and protective coating system. For the over-ground rail lines, we specified Contex EM, a low-VOC anti-carbonation coating designed specifically to protect buildings and infrastructure from the harsh Middle Eastern climate.

For the station storage areas and maintenance rooms, our solution includes Strata, a best-in-class flooring system that can resist harsh chemicals, severe abrasion and repeated washing.

We are producing the coatings at our production facilities in Qatar to ensure timely delivery, and are working closely with coating applicators onsite to ensure the coatings are applied quickly, correctly and with the minimum of waste.

Thanks to this dedication, we were named Supplier of the Year for our work on the project at the prestigious 2017 MEED Quality Awards for Projects.

“We are very happy and satisfied with Hempel’s overall services; we have advised our colleagues in Saudi Arabia to use Hempel for their metro projects.”
Salvatore Lacullo, Technical Coordinator, Doha Metro Construction Department, Impregilo-SK E&C – Galfar Al Misnad JV.


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