Etihad Rail awarded the joint venture formed by China State Construction Engineering Corporation and South Korea’s SK Engineering and Construction the contract for the Package A of under the Stage Two of country’s railway network.
The contract includes the design and civil and tracks works for the 139-km rail link which will connect Ruwais with Ghuweifat on the UAE border with Saudi Arabia.
This package works, valuated at USD 407.25 million (AED 1.5 billion), will focus on the design and construction of rail infrastructure, including earth-works, bridges, tunnels, crossing, track-laying, and linking with Stage One of the network. The 139-km route will feature standard-gauge double track that will be built using 1.3 million tons of ballast, over 400,000 concrete sleepers, and 33,000 tons of iron rail.
When completed, the Stage Two will run from Ghuweifat to the Port of Fujairah on a 605-km rail network.
“With the commencement of this first phase of Stage Two, we are reaching a major turning point in the transportation sector in the UAE and GCC. Pioneering and innovative, this initial link is just the beginning, as Etihad Rail expands its network to improve all aspects of freight transport across our border and around the region, placing the UAE at the center of regional goods movement as a global logistics hub,” said Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Rail.
Within the next months, Etihad Rail will award the contracts for the rest of Stage Two rail network.
When complete, the 1,200-km Etihad Rail project will link the UAE’s main centers of industry, manufacturing, production, population, and import/export points, forming an integral part of the GCC-wide railway network.