Etihad Rail tenders 327km: Stage Two bids begin
UAE rail operator puts three contracts to tender for border rail links
Etihad Rail has issued invitations to tender on two contracts covering 327km of the southern emirate rail network and a third contract covering Stage Two integration and systems.
The first contract tender released to per-qualified bidders is for the line between Ruwais and Ghweifat, extending for 137km. The second covers a 190km stretch of line between Liwa Junction and Al Ain.
In a statement, Etihad Rail said: “Stage Two of the rail network represents a significant component of the national rail network, in both scale and scope, as it will further connect industrial and urban areas, and will see the railway connect with the planned GCC network - linking with Saudi Arabia at Ghweifat and Oman at Al Ain."
The third contract is being tendered for the railway integration and systems for Stage Two, covering signalling, communications and commissioning.
The remaining Stage Two tenders are anticipated to be released over the next few months, and the construction of the second phase is expected to begin in early 2013.
Applicants to the pre-qualification process were advised in advance of the release of the three tenders back in June during as special workshop hosted by Etihad Rail.
The tendering of the first contracts for Stage Two follows the commencement earlier this year of construction works near Mirfa in the Western Region for Stage One of the network.
Etihad Rail has recently announced a number of contract awards for Stage One of the rail network:
- Civil & Track Works went to Italy’s Saipem, Tecnimont and the UAE’s Dodsal E&C
- Project Management Consultancy will be provided by a Parsons-Aecom JV
- India’s PCM Strescon Ventures is to manufacture railway sleepers in the UAE
- US Electro-Motive Diesel will deliver seven custom-built desert locomotives by 2012
- China’s CSR Corporation are producing 240 hopper wagons for sulphur transport
Etihad Rail has also signed several Memorandums of Understanding, including one with DP World for the construction of an intermodal rail terminal in Jebel Ali Port to transfer containerised freight.
Stage One of the network is being developed in partnership with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), which will adopt rail as the main means for transporting granulated sulphur from Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais for export.
Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under Federal Law no. 2, with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network.