Etihad Rail awards $230.33m contract to build O&M facility

The UAE’s national railway network Etihad Rail’s Board of Directors has awarded a contract worth $230.33m (AED846m) to a joint venture led by Vinci Construction France for the construction of the central operation and maintenance (O&M) facility at Al Faya, Abu Dhabi.

ABU DHABI: Etihad Rail has now awarded all civil works and construction contracts for Stage Two of the National Railway Network. The facility will be the largest and the most important facility on the network, as it will be responsible for warehousing, installations, operations, and the maintenance of locomotives and wagons.

The facility will also include an administrative building to control the operations of the whole network.

Etihad Rail has now awarded all civil works and construction contracts for Stage Two of the national railway network.

The company has also launched construction on Package A of Stage Two; signed a contract for the construction of a series of Freight Facilities centres; and awarded a contract for the supply of locomotives to expand the company’s fleet to 45.

The board confirmed the latest award during a remote meeting chaired by the chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and a member of the Executive Council, HH Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During the meeting, HH Sheikh Theyab also carried out a virtual visit of the construction site in the Saih Sheib region, and launched civil works on Package B of Stage Two of the UAE’s national railway network project, which is developed and operated by Etihad Rail.

Package B extends over 216 km and includes the construction of a second concrete railway sleeper factory and rail routes to Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), Khalifa Port, and the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD).

The Etihad Rail chairman also discussed a mechanism to ensure operational continuity of the company’s fleet in Stage One, which transports granulated sulphur from sources at Shah and Habshan to Ruwais daily, according to the state-run news agency Wam.

H.H.Sheikh Theyab also reviewed the performance report on the execution of Etihad Rail’s strategic plans and the company’s operations to date.

In addition, he appraised latest developments of Stage Two of the national rail network, which runs from Ghuweifat on the UAE’s border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah and Khorfakkan on the east coast.