RTA delegation visits Italy to review manufacturing & supply of concrete systems for Route 2020

A delegation of specialists from RTA’s Rail Agency in Dubai, as well as the consultant and contractor of Route 2020 Project (Dubai Metro Red Line extension from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020), have visited the facilities of the Italian company proposed to undertake the manufacturing & supply of pre-tensioned concrete for constructing viaducts of the said project. They have also inspected the manufacturing & supply of flexible and reinforced rubber pillars for use in Route 2020.

Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, said, “The visit was prompted by the need to verify the implementation of top quality standards in the manufacturing of these core components of Route 2020 Project and check the conformity of these materials with the standards and requirements of the Project.

“Manufactured materials for Route 2020 Project are selected from top-class suppliers through rigorous international quality standards. The visit aimed to ensure the implementation of the highest safety levels in this phase; an important step in the project linked to the big global showpiece Expo 2020 hosted by Dubai,” noted Abdul Mohsen.

“The delegation attended lab tests of a pre-tensioned concrete element carried out in the lab of Politecnico di Milano University; one of the laboratories approved by the Italian Government. The delegation met with one of the teaching staff of the University who had been invited as one of the assessors of Dubai Metro & Tram’s pillar works. The two parties discussed the requirements of the Gulf Concrete Standards to ensure that concrete works are compatible with the climate conditions of the Gulf countries, especially in Dubai.

“The delegation also visited one of the manufacturers of modified & processed rubber, which produces flexible and reinforced rubber pillars. Visitors attended a test on one type of rubber pillars, reviewed associated quality certificates and matched the manufacturing capacity and quality control of all processes with the submitted designs and delivery deadlines,” added the CEO of Rail Agency.

It is noteworthy that the RTA has visited factories in several countries where different materials of Route 2020 Projects are being manufactured to verify the quality of works and match the products with the project standards & delivery schedules.

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