ArcelorMittal to supply steel fibres to Qatar

ArcelorMittal WireSolutions will supply approximately 21,500 tonnes of steel fibres to be used in three lines of the new Doha Metro in Qatar. This represents WireSolutions’ first delivery of steel fibres to the Middle East, and the company’s largest ever delivery of steel fibre.

The steel will be supplied by WireSolutions sites in Bissen (Luxembourg), Sheffield (United Kingdom), and Sycow (Poland). 

The Doha Metro, currently under construction in Qatar’s capital city for an investment of US$ 35bn, is operated by Qatar Rail. It is on track to start operating in late 2019 with four lines, an approximate overall length of 300 km, and 98 stations.

Red Line South

ArcelorMittal WireSolutions has signed a contract with a consortium led by QDVC (a joint venture between Qatari Diar and Vinci Construction Grands Projects) to supply 7,520 tonnes of HE++ 90/60 premium steel fibres for the production of tunnel lining segments for the Doha Metro’s Red Line South. Deliveries started in April 2014 and should conclude by June 2016.

Red Line North

The company will also supply 7,500 tonnes of HE++ 75/50 for the production of tunnel lining segments to Doha metro’s Red Line North, in a contract signed with precast manufacturer SMEET. Deliveries began in April 2014 and will continue until 2016. A consortium led by Italian company Impregilo2 is responsible for the construction.

Golden Line

The third contract, signed with Qatari construction materials supplier Commodore Cement Industries (CCI), involves the supply of 6,400 tonnes of HE++ 90/60 to the Doha Metro’s Golden Line for the production of tunnel lining segments. Deliveries started in November 2014 and will continue until July 2016. The line is being constructed by a joint venture led by Aktor3. 

ArcelorMittal’s DSTC (Dubai Steel Trading Company) offices in Dubai and Qatar worked closely with ArcelorMittal WireSolutions to fulfil the project’s delivery requirements. The premium quality steel fibres to be used for the project provide superior performance, resulting in overall cost savings by reducing the amount of concrete and steel required.

Delivering steel fibres for London’s Crossrail

Meanwhile, another project ArcelorMittal WireSolutions has been a key player in is nearing conclusion. London Crossrail is ArcelorMittal WireSolutions’ first infrastructure contract in the UK market for steel fibres. It is also the first time that ArcelorMittal WireSolutions’ steel fibres are being used as the sole reinforcement in the production of tunnel segments.

Between 2011 and 2013, ArcelorMittal WireSolutions signed three contracts to supply a total of 12,000 tonnes of steel fibres for London Crossrail, representing the biggest total delivery of steel fibres for this project. “These are two excellent examples of our leading position in the steel fibre business, demonstrating how we offer our customers best-in-class service and support for their projects.

ArcelorMittal WireSolutions remains a strong solutions provider and a reliable partner to all our customers in the tunnelling industry. With this success, we have strengthened our team of tunnelling specialists in the company,” says José Ramón González, ArcelorMittal steel fibre manager.

Source: ArcelorMittal

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