Volvo Construction Equipment, as the second part of their “Building Tomorrow” campaign have taken on the sweltering deserts of Qatar by profiling its machines helping to build the sustainable city of Lusail.
The campaign, launched in December 2016 is supported by a series of short films, profiling Volvo CE customers using Volvo machines in an array of innovative construction projects, which are helping to ‘build the world we want to live in’. “This may be an ambitious statement, but it is one that brings alignment and purpose to Volvo CE’s sustainability ambitions,” says Volvo CE President Martin Weissburg.
The first film in the series featured the ICEHOTEL in Northern Sweden. In biting temperatures, which can reach as low as -40ºC, Volvo CE machines are captured helping to rebuild the iconic hotel, using ice harvested from the nearby Torne River.
The second episode takes Volvo CE to the north of Doha, Qatar, where the new sustainable Lusail City is being built. In temperatures reaching up to 50ºC, over 240 Volvo machines have been hard at work – enduring 24-hour days, based on a three-shift cycle – building a town designed to support 250,000 residents as a part of Qatar’s ‘Vision 2030′.
Turning this vision into a reality, Lusail is being fitted with a district cooling system, featuring 175km of piping – making it one of the world’s largest central cooling systems. Moreover, a 24km waste pipe is being laid underneath the city, as an advanced and efficient way of disposing of human waste to recycling and treatment plants outside of the city.
To encourage residents to adopt a sustainable lifestyle, a light railway, water-taxi system and underground pedestrian tunnels are also being constructed, promoting alternative means of travel.
Lusail has been under construction since 2009, and more than 45,000 workers are on site each day. A number of Volvo CE excavators, articulated haulers, wheel loaders and soil compactors are on site daily, clearing room for foundations and underground tunnels.
Though digging through the porous sandstone isn’t easy, it is the intense heat that provides the biggest challenge. “All machines must be equipped with air-conditioning units and operators are instructed to take regular breaks to prevent fatigue and heatstroke,” says Volvo CE customer Hadi Kaii.
“Volvo CE is just one in many of companies involved in this project,” says Shahir El Essawy, business director of the Middle East and Africa at Volvo CE. “It has been an honor to work alongside Essa Mohammed Ali Kaldari and his team in building this iconic city.”