Sharjah Ruler reviews progress of under-construction Etihad Rail
Stage 2 of the project is due to extend 605km from Ghuweifat to Fujairah
HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has received an update on the under-construction Etihad Rail project from HH Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Transport and of the board of directors of Etihad Rail.
HH Al Nahyan explained how Stage 1 of the project, which extends 264km, was delivered in 2015, linking the Shah and Habshan gas fields in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi to the port of Ruwais on the Arabian Gulf, with a capacity of transferring 22,000 tonnes of sulfur granules daily.
Stage 2 of the project will extend 605km from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast, to be followed by future route additions.
HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of Sharjah Executive Council, was also present at the meeting on Wednesday.
Etihad Rail has made significant progress in 2018, with additional contracts due to be awarded for the project in the months to come.
This November, the UAE's Ministry of Finance and Abu Dhabi Department of Finance signed an agreement for the financing of Stage 2 of the Etihad Rail national rail network.
Preliminary designs for Stage 2 of the project have been completed in preparation for the launch of civil engineering tenders, which were due to be launched late in November 2018.