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Qatar Update: New Year, New Office Environment

The beginning of a new era has been ushered in at the Doha headquarters in Qatar. WJ Groundwater Qatar has finally bid farewell to 2016, the Fereej Kulaib office and moved to new premises in Fereej Bin Omran. The move was finalised on the last day of February (2017). The project was led and chiefly organised by WJ Groundwater’s Doha-based office staff, headed by Admin Officer Randy Lazaro with aplomb.

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Qatar Update: 2016 Review

Projects and new tech

“2016 has been packed with important projects and events at WJ Groundwater’s Qatar base,” reported Overseas Director, Paul Turner.

Over the last six months projects have included:

VVIP Villa at the Pearl Qatar

As the name implies, The Villa was for a ‘Very Very Important Person’ in Doha. The sub contract work involves dewatering for an excavation close to the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. A small yet complex, ‘signature’ project successfully completed by WJ Groundwater for CRC.

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Qatar Update: Work hard, play hard!

Magnum-11

Recently, our Qatar base put together a cricket team called Magnum-11 consisting of the finest, most committed and enthusiastic sports fans from WJ Groundwater’s management and site teams.

Led by Govindaswamy Shankar they are now a fixture on the local Doha league tables and have proved to be a force to be reckoned with – Magnum Force.

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WJ Groundwater Celebrates 2 Million Safe Man-Hours Completed Without Any Lost Time Incidents (LTI)

WJ Groundwater in the Middle East has passed a significant milestone by completing 2 Million Safe Man-Hours Without Lost Time Incidents (LTI).

To celebrate this admirable achievement, dual staff events were held at WJ Groundwater’s bases in Dubai (UAE) and Doha (Qatar) at the end of December.

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Qatar Update: Drawdown Acheived For New ‘Al Dafnah District’ Project

WJ Groundwater is currently working with Dutch Foundation to dewater a 2B+G+1+30 residential building in Doha, Qatar.  The property is located in the Al Dafnah District, also known as the Diplomatic Area. The project consultant is LACASA (Qatar).

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The WJ Groundwater team led by Noel Melendez (Project Manager) and Vijayakumar (Site Engineer) is deploying a number of deepwells that are supplemented by a level of trenching and sumping to control groundwater levels.

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WJ GroundwaterQatar Update: Drawdown Acheived For New ‘Al Dafnah District’ Project
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An Arabian Celebration

With WJ Groundwater’s Year End Parties there’s always cause to celebrate and 2015’s event was no different.

On a mild, Tuesday night WJ Groundwater team members and guests from all over the west coast of the Arabian Peninsula and beyond got together at the prestigious Oryx Rotana Hotel in central Doha.

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Dr Toby Roberts To Speak At Arabian Tunnelling Conference

WJ Groundwater‘s chairman Dr Toby Roberts has been invited to speak at this year’s Arabian Tunnelling Conference and Exhibition 2015 (ATC).

The event is to take place at The Grand Hyatt, Dubai, UAE on 23-25 November and the ‘theme’ this year is ‘Innovative Underground Infrastructure – Challenges and Opportunities’. 

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WJ Purchases Booster Station for Dubai Canal Extension Project.

Equipment Quickie:

WJ Groundwater (Middle East) has purchased a booster station The technology has been put to work on the Dubai Canal Extension Project. It can pump up to 600 l/s and it is currently feeding off approximately 100 No. deepwells along the course of the Canal. It thrusts the water down a 630mm diameter discharge line 2km to the sea. The station box includes automated monitoring and in-line flow meters on each pump.

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Photos by Ollie Vincent

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WJ GroundwaterWJ Purchases Booster Station for Dubai Canal Extension Project.