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Etihad Rail awards $1.25bn deal for UAE’s nationwide railway

The board of Etihad Rail has permitted a AED4.6 billion ($1.25 billion) tender for the civil works and development of Bundle D of stage two of the UAE’s nationwide railway, which is able to stretch over 145km.

Stage D will join key ports in Fujairah and Khorfakkan to manufacturing, manufacturing and inhabitants centres on the Dubai border with Sharjah, enabling transportation of as much as 2 million containers per 12 months, and selling worldwide commerce, based on a tweet by Abu Dhabi Authorities Media Workplace.

The contract has been awarded to a three way partnership of China Railway Development Company (CRCC) and Nationwide Tasks and Development (NPC).

Etihad Rail chairman Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed mentioned: “The awarding of this contract is a extremely important achievement as Etihad Rail follows its path to progressing probably the most essential and economically strategic tasks within the UAE.

“Whereas increasing an important sector that constitutes the lifeline of our nationwide financial system, we proceed to offer a protected, fashionable, and sustainable nationwide railway community that meets the aspirations and expectations of our nation and its leaders, supporting the UAE’s place as a serious hyperlink within the regional and international provide chain, and as a key participant within the logistics system.”

The newest contract comes a couple of months after Etihad Rail awarded the contracts for civil and monitor works of Packages B and C for stage two of the UAE community to China Railway Development Company (CRCC) and Ghantoot Transport & Common Contracting Firm.

Bundle B runs for 216km and Bundle C for 94km and hyperlink Khalifa Port, Khalifa Industrial Metropolis (Kizad), and Jebel Ali Port alongside a distance of 310km.

Etihad Rail had beforehand awarded Bundle A to a consortium of the China State Development Engineering Company and South Korea’s SK Engineering and Development.

Stage one of many community has been accomplished and is now totally operational having been delivered on schedule and inside price range. The route spans 264km, transporting sulfur from sources at Shah and Habshan to the export level at Ruwais.

The rail community is a mix of freight and passenger traces which extends round 1,200km and has almost 40 railway amenities – logistics websites for freight, passenger stations, stabling and upkeep depots.

On completion in 2024, the community will hyperlink Saudi Arabia to the UAE and Oman.

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