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Etihad Rail awards $436m contract to for stage two of the network

Hitachi Rail STS awarded systems and integration contract is for stage two of Etihad Rail network

Etihad Rail awards $436m contract to for stage two of the network
The Japanese giant will be responsible for the design and build of specific railway systems, in coordination with other stage two works and contracts, as well as managing uptime and operation tests.

Hitachi Rail STS has been awarded the AED1.6 billion ($436m) systems and integration contract for stage two of the Etihad Rail network.

The Japanese giant will be responsible for the design and build of specific railway systems, in coordination with other stage two works and contracts, as well as managing uptime and operation tests.

Trains will be equipped with the latest European signaling system inside the locomotives (ETCS Level 2), which will ensure they can easily move between GCC countries without stopping at the borders.

The Hitachi Rail STS power system will become the longest distribution network in the country running for a length of 800km and handling power of 11kV (medium-high power).

Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of Etihad Rail, said: “We are working with a strong will and determination to achieve a secure, modern and sustainable national railway network, and the awarding of the systems and integration contract is an important step in accomplishing this national strategic project, which is the future of a new transport sector in the country, and upgrades the transport and shipping sector in the UAE by linking ports to economic, industrial and residential areas.”

The network will be equipped with a communications system and modern control centre with its main operations in Faya and another in Mirfa to support and provide maximum safety and efficiency around the clock.

The centre can pinpoint the location of a train at any time, and has the ability to control the speed limit and even stop the train when necessary. In addition, Etihad Rail is installing surveillance cameras and is following all necessary security procedures in coordination with the police departments of each emirate in the country.

The network will be equipped with a communications system and modern control centre with its main operations in Faya and another in Mirfa.

The centre can pinpoint the location of a train at any time, and has the ability to control the speed limit and even stop the train when necessary. In addition, Etihad Rail is installing surveillance cameras and is following all necessary security procedures in coordination with the police departments of each emirate in the country.

While the operations centre will include a crisis management unit able to communicate with all concerned parties across the UAE when needed, for example the Abu Dhabi Police, Civil Defence, etc.).

In addition, cameras and temperature sensors will be installed to detect any movement around the train track and route corridors. The network will be enhanced by preventive maintenance, where the system identifies predictions of potential errors before they occur and technicians can be immediately sent to carry out repairs.

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