The main power station for Dubai’s Metro has been completed and the Jebel Ali depot is 55 per cent finished, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed.
Work on the project is progressing rapidly, said RTA Chairman and Executive Director Mattar Al Tayer during an inspection tour.
He visited a number of sites including the depot, an inclined section of the Red Line near Jebel Ali Free Zone and an elevated station at Jebel Ali Industrial Area.
The tour began at the depot, which occupies an area of 110,000 square metres and is large enough to accommodate 44 trains.
It is expected that 62 trains – each consisting of five carriages and capable of carrying 645 passengers – will have been delivered by the time the Red and Green Lines start operating.
The depot contains a rail operation control centre that will ensure the safety of doors, brakes and motors and has facilities for servicing air-conditioners and other systems.
It also includes maintenance workshops and train washing and cleaning bays.
Al Tayer reviewed progress on the construction of the Red Line at the gradient near the Free Zone where technical trials will be conducted over a 4km test track.
“The trial run is crucial to ascertain the operational readiness of the trains and ensure functionality of all control systems under various conditions,” he said.
Tests will cover braking, air-conditioning, power supply systems, coupling of carriages, power failure tests, rail monitoring and control systems and the functioning of the trains.
Tests on the train doors will also be carried out by the contractor.
Al Tayer inspected the Metro station at Jebel Ali Industrial Area – one of 24 stations to be constructed along the elevated track of the Red Line.
He was briefed by Engineer Abdul Majeed Al Khaja on the progress of work on the station, which is 33 per cent complete.
Stations are being built in an oval shape and the roofs have been designed to resemble large seashells – symbolising the UAE’s fishing and pearl diving traditions.
The power station covers an area of 3,659 square metres and has an output of 80/100 megavolt-amperes.
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