By Andy Sambidge
Six locomotives, 125 wagons ready for delivery; rail project slated to start in Dec.
Saudi Arabia is set to take delivery of six locomotives and 125 wagons for a mineral railway project that is due to launch in December, the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) has said.
Six of 25 locomotive engines being built in Canada are now ready while 125 out of a total of 688 wagons from China are also finished, SAR’s Fawaz Al-Magati told Saudi daily Arab News.
“We sent a team of five engineers to Canada and China to ensure the progress of the manufacturing of locomotives and wagons," he said in comments published in the paper on Thursday.
The rest of the wagons are due to arrive in August while the remaining 19 locomotives are due in October, he added.
The North-South Railway will start at Hudaitha in Al-Jouf province and passes through Hail, Qassim and Riyadh provinces.
He said the 2,400km North-South Railway had been given priority due to its importance to industrial development.
It will ferry minerals from mines in the north and central zones at Al-Jalami and As-Zabirah to processing plants at Ras Az-Zawr in the east, the paper added.
Sponsored by the Public Investment Fund, the rail line is integral to planned phosphate and bauxite mining projects in the north of the country that will link up with processing plants and smelters on the Gulf coast.