The CTW320 Waad Al Shamaal Railway Project comprised the construction of 192km of heavy haul rail infrastructure, 84no mainline turnouts, 55no major culverts, 11 bridges & camel crossings, 2no Marshalling yards & Sidings containing a total of 9 Buildings ( 3 TSMG, 1 Lodging C, 2 Lodging B, 1 Yard Facility, 1 Fuel Station, 1 Wagon repair shed).
The 140km main line was constructed using an automated track layer and was completed in less than six months, with production peaking at 1500m/day.
The 800,000 tons of material handling was seamlessly carried out using a combination of temporary loading facilities and plant consisting of portal gantries, all-terrain mobile cranes, Front End Loaders, locomotives and rolling stock.
The temporary material handling yard was further bolstered with the construction of a long line flash but welding facility. This temporary addition was designed fit-for-purpose, manufactured in South Africa, erected on site, operated & maintained over 12 months, wherein an excess of 14,000no flash welds were executed, working 24/7.
The most stringent international heavy haul design criteria applied with 32.5-ton axle loadings and speeds of 120km/h & 200km/h for freight and passenger trains, respectively.