Posted on June 30, 2014

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ released a list of contractors that were qualified through a prequalification process to work on groundwater dewatering on construction sites. This was announced in a conference organised by Ashghal as part of an initiative that aims to improve the standards and procedures of groundwater dewatering on construction sites across Qatar.

Mr. Hamad Mohamed Al Tamimi, Director of Ashghal’s Assets Affairs addressed the attendees of the conference and explained what Ashghal would expect from its partners in this area and the best cooperation methods. The conference saw the participation of 23 prequalified groundwater dewatering contractors, in addition to the manager and representatives from the Drainage Networks Operations and Maintenance Department in Ashghal.

The prequalified contractors will be able to request permits to use groundwater and surface water drainage networks operated by the Public Works Authority and work in partnership with Ashghal on groundwater dewatering works in the current and future projects.

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The goal of prequalifying these contractors is to enhance and accelerate the groundwater dewatering processes and standards and provide both Ashghal and the contractors with the opportunity to work in partnership to exchange expertise and put more efficient processes for groundwater dewatering.

Ashghal confirmed that there is room for improvement in how construction sites, where groundwater dewatering works take place, are managed, and for increasing Ashghal’s contribution in reducing the effect of these works on the environment.

The conference provided the opportunity for discussions between both parties about how the permit process works and how standards could be raised to ensure the protection of Ashghal’s assets and the environment, together with the effective management of projects being supported.

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