Mohammed Al Marzouqi: Phase 2 #Etihad Rail contracts worth $4.9bn

Phase 2 of Etihad Rail is 605km-long and extends from Al Guwaifat bordering KSA to Fujairah and Khor Fakkan

The UAE’s national railway network will be 1,200-kilometre-long upon completion

Etihad Rail, the UAE’s national railway network, which will be 1,200-kilometre-long upon completion, is “progressing well”, according to executive director of relation, Mohammed Al Marzouqi, who said that Phase 2 contracts of the gigaproject are valued at $4.9bn (AED18bn).

Al Marzouqi told the UAE’s Emirates News Agency(Wam) that Etihad Rail has begun construction of Phase 2 of the rail network from Al Guwaifat bordering Saudi Arabia to Fujairah and Khor Fakkan on the eastern coast, which is 605km-long.

Stage A extends 139km to link Ruwais with Al Ghuwaifat at the border with Saudi Arabia; Stage B covers 216km from Tarif to Seeh Shuaib; Stage C runs 94km from Jebel Ali to Sharjah; and Stage D runs 145km from Sharjah to the ports of Fujairah and Khor Fakkan.

Etihad Rail is also manufacturing a new fleet of locomotives and increasing its fleet size to 45, in addition it is establishing a major operations and maintenance centre in Al Fayah, Abu Dhabi, which is managed by a coalition led by the French company, #VINCI Construction.

The company is also building stations in Al Ruwais, ICAD, Khalifa Port, Dubai Industrial City, Jebel Ali Port, Al Ghail, Siji, and the ports of Fujairah and Khor Fakkan, to handle the loading and unloading of trains, as well as for container storage and maintenance.

Earlier this year, Etihad Rail awarded a contract for the supply of locomotives for the rail network to Progress Rail Locomotive Inc., a Caterpillar company. With the deal, Etihad Rail’s fleet of locomotives totalled to 45, which is equivalent to six times the current fleet that consists of seven locomotives.

Etihad Rail also launched a training and employment Emiratisation programme for aspiring engineers to work on projects. The contractors and joint venture partners working on the design and build elements of stage two of the Pan-Emirates railway network will train and hire 50 qualified UAE nationals in various fields as part of the porgramme launched in Emiratisation push.

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