UAE's Union Railway in talks with ADNOC

State rail firm and Abu Dhabi oil co discussing transport of 7m tonnes of granulated sulphur annually to Ruwais.
UAE's Union Railway in talks with ADNOC
By Martin Morris
Mon 12 Oct 2009 10:33 PM

UAE's Union Railway confirmed on Monday it is in advanced talks with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to explore transporting, via rail, over seven million tons of granulated sulphur annually from the Shah and Habshan oil and gas fields to Ruwais.Hussain Al Nowais, Union Railway Chairman, speaking at MEED's Middle East Rail Projects Conference, gave a detailed update on the project, including issues related to potential partnership, WAM reported.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with ADNOC," he said.

"This important strategic initiative will fulfil several strategic objectives. Firstly, it will support ADNOC's ongoing investment programme in the Shah and Habshan oil and gas fields. It will also contribute to the development of the oil, gas and petrochemical industries in the country. ''Finally, it will help to accelerate the development of the Western Region, in line with Vision 2030. This section of the railway will be fast-tracked to meet ADNOC's schedule and requirements," he added.

Al-Nowais, who described the partnership between Union Railway and ADNOC as "strategic", put the estimated initial cost of the project at between AED25-30 billion.

He said the rail line will be 1,100 kms long and will link the Al-Ghuwaifat border post at the UAE-Saudi Arabian border to the West and the UAE-Oman border to the East, adding that the project will last between five and seven years.

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