National Geographic to air documentary on Abu Dhabi’s latest engineering feat

The one-hour Arabic-language documentary focuses on ADSSC’s Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (Step), the deepest tunnel of its kind in the world, being built to replace the existing system.

National Geographic Abu ­Dhabi channel has signed a landmark contract with Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) to broadcast a documentary about its new project.

Unlike NG Abu Dhabi’s previous shows on Abu Dhabi’s ­engineering achievements, such as Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ferrari World, the Aldar HQ, and Hyatt Capital Gate’s leaning tower, this one is hidden from view.

The one-hour Arabic-­language documentary focuses on ADSSC’s Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (Step), the deepest tunnel of its kind in the world, being built to replace the existing ­system.

Eight colossal tunnel-boring machines were deployed for the excavation work, which was conducted at record-breaking depths of over 80 metres and at a pace of 775 metres per month.

The tunnel, which has been under construction for six years, is projected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.

During the project’s busiest period, around 4,000 workers were deployed at 400 different sites around the city.

The documentary will feature 3-D and CGI graphics interwoven with live footage. The English version will be broadcast at a later date, said Sanjay Raina, general manager for National Geographic Abu Dhabi Mena.

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