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Roads and infrastructures in Doha
The project is located in 8 different areas across the state of Qatar. The scope of works includes the design of new roads and infrastructures in a new district and upgrading of existing ones to new requirements. The Project area comprises 2,932 ha.
Project: Roads and infrastructures – phase 2. Packages 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17.
Location: Doha, Qatar.
Client: Urban Planning And Development General Authority (UPDA).
Cost of total Works: 1,550,000,000.00 €
Services: Concept design and Environmental Impact Assessment.
Period: 01/2009 – 04/2013
Based upon our experience, the Environmental assessment is most effective when preliminary findings are made available early in the project implementation schedule; therefore, a close interaction between the staff responsible for the environmental issues and the project issues is an integral part of the working method.
The assessment of the environmental impacts is the result of this joint effort of the project and EIA team, aimed at understanding the main relations between the project implementation and the surrounding environment and at tackling the most critical environmental aspects at the earliest stage possible.
This helps respond to the need of minimizing the environmental impacts in the most cost-effective manner, by introducing alternatives or modifications in the project solutions originally chosen (based upon pure technical criteria), before their further implementation in the project.
At the same time this helps avoid costly delays and problems during the construction phase of the proposed works.
The EIA has been performed according to the existing Qatar legislation and in close liaison with the Ministry of the Environment (MoE), Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning (MMUP) and Qatar Museum Authority.
The main objectives of the environmental impact assessment can be summarized as follows
- To compile, assess and store existing data of relevance for an environmental baseline description of the areas of concern.
- To validate, update and supplement existing data by field investigations in order to ensure a firm basis for a thorough analysis of the environmental impact of the development.
- To describe and analyze how the project interferes with the present environmental conditions.
- To suggest mitigating measures to be introduced in the design or in the contractual terms for the contractors in order to reduce or neutralize adverse environmental impacts.
- To define an appropriate monitoring program to check that the necessary measures to protect the environment are effectively implemented and, if necessary, to implement further measures.
In order to meet these objectives several activities were undertaken during the early phase of the work:
- A scoping mission including contact with Authorities, inspection of the area, overview of existing data.
- Compilation and assessment of available environmental data in a desk study.
- Preparation of a “Scope of works” and “Terms of Reference” report which describes the proposed methodology with particular focus on the field investigations to be conducted in support of the EIA study. For every foreseen field investigation a detailed “Scope of Works” has been developed.
- Design and supervision of the field investigations.
- Set-up of mathematical models to assess concentration distribution for key pollutants and noise due to emissions related to construction works and operation phase.
- Preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report.
The following environmental aspects have been included in the scope for the case under study: air quality, noise, vibration, soil and subsoil, water and groundwater resources, terrestrial ecology, landscape, cultural heritage, social aspects, waste management.
The nature of the impacts of the project on the environment has been assessed in relation to a list of criteria, based on World Bank, European Union and other guidelines generally used at international levels.
The study reflected our previous and present experience in Qatar on this kind of jobs.