13 Aug 2017 - 2:28
Prime Minister visits BACS centre for Doha Metro stations
Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani visited the newly-assembled Building Automation & Control System (BACS) centre for the Doha Metro stations, which was recently assembled at one of the Doha Metro project sites.
The centre is where the assembly of the BACS panels and the process of connecting all required panels, for each station, into one complete system would take place. After rigorous testing, they would then be installed in the respective stations.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, and Qatar Rail Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie.
Throughout the visit, the ongoing operations affirmed Qatar Rail’s commitment to moving forward with the project while ensuring the highest standards of safety and functionality. Dedication to delivery is evident in Qatar Rail’s decision to relocate the BACS centre from its previous location in Dubai to Doha.
The Building Automation & Control System of each station is state of the art, fully-automated system that integrates hardware and software components to control and monitor the stations’ electrical and mechanical systems.
This system enables the Doha Metro operator to act proactively and actively as required to ensure the passengers’ utmost level of safety and security at all times.
The Minister of Transport and Communications said: “The quick decision and challenging logistics that were practically overcome in the relocation of the centre affirms the faith we have in the project’s adaptability and is a testament to the ability of Qatar Rail’s astute management in coping with unforeseen challenges. Any doubt that the project will be delayed in light of external factors has been relinquished by the hard work and dedication of the Qatar Rail team. I would like to thank everyone who has committed to this project from the onset, as the dedication showed by every one of you shows that no challenge is insurmountable. It is this very dedication and commitment to delivery that Qatar can look forward to when enjoying a safe, efficient and world class transportation service managed by a team of experts in their field.”
Speaking during the visit, Al Subaie said: “Completing the installation and testing works in Doha means operations are better supervised and programme delivery is not affected by unforeseen delays. The facility will also serve as the testing hub where rigorous testing of the functionality and performance of the complete BACS system for each metro station will take place.”
“Upon testing completion, BACS panels and components are disconnected and transported to the construction site of the metro station that they belong for their final installation,” Al Subaie said.
“The speed and efficiency by which the relocation of the BACS centre took place is indeed a testament to the adaptability and planning capabilities of both Qatar Rail and our partners in light of any sudden challenges,” he said.
With the centre now fully functional and the assembly of the BACS panels underway, it is clear that the Doha Metro project is progressing unhampered towards completion. The first four Rolling Stock (trains) from Japan are anticipated to arrive in Doha before year end. Three out of the 37 Metro Stations, namely; Al Doha, Al Jadeda, Al Qassar and Economic Zone, have been designated as ‘Pilot Stations’ and are expected to be ready for final inspection by Qatar Civil Defence by December.