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Rail authority to rejig, privatise Riyadh dry port

SRO to develop inland container terminal with rail link, built upgrade

NEWS, Business, Privatise Riyadh dry port, Rail authority to rejig

The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) is to redevelop Riyadh’s inland port, which has been under great pressure since May when it witnessed its largest volume of incoming containers since 1982.

A source told MENAFN that in addition to the infrastructure of the dry port being rebuilt, the facility will be privatised with the returns shared between the operating contractor and the SRO. The contractor will replace earthen areas with concrete, build administrative offices and update.

SRO chief Mohammad Al-Suwaikit said his organization will play a major role in the project, replacing current freight truck haulage between Dammam and Riyadh with a rail link to transport loaded containers on trains to Riyadh each day, and the empty containers back to Dammam.

“This will play an important role in pushing the wheels of progress forward now and in the future," he said, noting the figures for May, “didn't come by chance. They resulted from careful planning and teamwork … I am confident this number will not be the highest for a long time.”

Riyadh’s dry port does not have that large a space in comparison to other ports – it is the third largest after Jeddah Islamic Port and King Abdul Aziz Port – but this will increase threefold through the use of vertical storage.

 

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