Etihad Rail triples fleet with CRRC contract award
Awarded to CRRC Corporation Limited, the contract involves commissioning 842 new wagons to serve the whole network
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE's national railway, is “tripling its fleet” by announcing the award of a contract for 842 new wagons bringing its total fleet to more than 1000 units to serve the whole network.
The contract was awarded to CRRC Corporation Limited, a global leader in providing solutions for the sustainable development of the railway industry, during an on-line ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by HH Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail and Sun Yongcai, president of CRRC Corporation.
The contract signing was conducted by Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail, and Wang Hongwei, Vice President of CRRC Yangtze Group, a subsidiary of CRRC Corporation Limited.
Etihad Rail said the expansion paves the way for the rail transport to become a “principal platform” for freight haulage in the UAE following the completion of Stage Two, as it connects the entire country.
HH Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed Al Nahyan reviewed the overall construction work progress of Stage Two and witnessed the purchase approval of more than 800 additional wagons, increasing the rail’s annual transport capacity to reach 59m tonnes.
“Etihad Rail is building a sustainable national railway network designed to transform the UAE’s freight transport and logistics mode of operation by modernising the haulage map for the end users, customers as well as operators,” said HH Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed Al Nahyan.
He added: “The national railway network is designed to cater to the needs of customers and related industrial sectors, as well as existing multi-modal transport systems. Etihad Rail, the operator of a new, modern, scalable, and reliable mode of transport, will directly support the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership for economic growth and sustainable transportation.”
When completed, Stage Two of the network will extend 605 km from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah and Khorfakkan on the UAE’s east coast, while connecting the ports of Jebel Ali in Dubai, Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, ICAD / Mussafah in Abu Dhabi and the Port of Fujairah, with the existing Stage One line at Ruwais.