Etihad Rail awarded a joint venture of Larsen & Toubro and Power China a contract for the design and construction of freight facilities part of the Stage Two of the national railway network.
Under a USD 510.8 million contract, the joint venture will be responsible for the construction and commissioning of freight facilities at seven strategic locations across the United Arab Emirates.
The scope of work involves design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of bulk material handling systems with associated civil and structural works, bulk material storage facilities, general cargo and container handling facilities with freight terminal management and control systems.
All the freight stations will include railway siding and track works apart from other infrastructure works such as bridges, buildings, roads and drains, water and electricity utility systems.
The Stage Two comprises the construction of 605 km of railway connection from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast. The network will connect the Emirates via Abu Dhabi, KIZAD, Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah on the East Coast, linking with the existing line at Ruwais, effectively uniting the major industrial ports and trading centres of the country.
For the construction of the second stage of the railway network, Etihad Rail has awarded all the contracts (for Package A, B&C and D). The national railway company has also signed the systems and integration contract for the whole Stage Two.
When completed, the railway network will have a total length of 1,200 km, which will allow an increased annual capacity from 7 million tonnes to more than 50 million tonnes.