By Andy Sambidge
UAE's master rail developer says contracts are for construction of two railway lines
Etihad Rail, the master developer and operator of the UAE's national railway network, on Sunday said it has issued invitations to tender for the first three contracts in the development of stage two of the rail network.
The three invitations to tender, which were issued to all pre-qualified companies, are for contracts covering the design and build of new lines.
They include the lines between Ruwais and Ghweifat (137km), Liwa Junction and Al Ain (190km), as well as for the railway integration and systems contract, the company said in a statement.
The invitation to tender comes on the back of the workshop hosted by Etihad Rail which took place last month at which applicants to the pre-qualification process were advised on the imminent issuance of the three packages.
Etihad Rail added that it was set to issue the remaining stage two tenders over the next few months.
Stage two represents a significant component of the national rail network, in both scale and scope, as it will further connect industrial and urban areas, and will see the railway connect with the planned GCC network - linking with Saudi Arabia at Ghweifat and Oman at Al Ain.
Construction of stage two is scheduled to begin early next year, following the award of tendered contracts.
The tendering of the first contracts for stage two follows the commencement earlier this year of construction works near Mirfa in the Western Region for stage one of the network.
The initial phase of the railway network is being developed in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to transport up to 22,000 tonnes per day of granulated sulphur from their sources in Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais for export.
This route marks the first phase of the 1,200km mixed-traffic network that will span the UAE.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.