A railway line connecting Abu Dhabi and Dubai moved a step closer with the awarding of contracts worth $1.19 billion (AED4.4 billion) that are part of the 605km line extension from the UAE-Saudi border in Ghuweifat to the Port of Fujairah.
Etihad Rail awarded the contracts for civil and track works of Packages B and C for Stage Two of the UAE network to China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd, (CRCC), and Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting Company, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.
Package B runs for 216km and Package C for 94km.
Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed, chairman of Etihad Rail, said: “Etihad Rail will sustain the growth of our transport industry and freight carriage sector throughout the UAE, as railway systems are one of the most important means of transport on which countries depend to achieve their economic and social objectives.”
The two packages link Khalifa Port, Khalifa Industrial City (Kizad), and Jebel Ali Port along a distance of 310km.
Stage Two focus on the design and construction of rail infrastructure, including earth works, bridges, tunnels, animal-crossings and track-laying, connecting Package B with Package A, and Package C with Package B.
Etihad Rail has previously awarded Package A to a consortium of the China State Construction Engineering Corporation and South Korea’s SK Engineering and Construction.
Stage One of the network has been completed and is now fully operational having been delivered on schedule and within budget. The route spans 264km, transporting sulfur from sources at Shah and Habshan to the export point at Ruwais.
Stage Two links the UAE and Saudi Arabia from Fujairah to Ghuweifat via Mussafah, Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Port.
Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attended the contract signing ceremony alongside Shadi Malak, Etihad Rail chief executive officer, Wang Jinsong, authorised representative of CRCC, and Ali Mohamed SadiqAlbloushi, chairman of Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting.
The rail network is a combination of freight and passenger lines which extends around 1,200km and has nearly 40 railway facilities - logistics sites for freight, passenger stations, stabling and maintenance depots.
On completion in 2024, the network will link Saudi Arabia to the UAE and Oman.
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