Etihad Rail, the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, has issued tender invitations for the first three contracts in the development of Stage Two of the rail network, the company said in a statement on Sunday.
The three tender invitations, issued to pre-qualified companies, are for contracts covering the design and build of new lines between Ruwais and Ghweifat (137km), Liwa Junction and Al Ain (190km), as well as for the railway integration and systems contract (covering signalling, communications and commissioning) for the Stage Two network.
The company statement said that Stage Two represents a significant component of the national rail network, in both scale and scope, as it will further connect industrial and urban areas, and connect with the planned GCC network – linking with Saudi Arabia at Ghweifat and Oman at Al Ain.
Construction of Stage Two is scheduled to begin early next year, following the award of tendered contracts.
The tendering of the first contracts for Stage Two follows the commencement of construction works near Mirfa in the western region for Stage One of the network earlier this year. 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.