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ER – Etihad Rail Network – UAE - Project Profile

ER – Etihad Rail Network – UAE - Project Profile


"ER – Etihad Rail Network – UAE - Project Profile" contains information on the scope of the project including project overview and location. The profile also details project ownership and funding, gives a full project description, as well as information on contracts, tendering and key project contacts.

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Etihad Rail (ER) is undertaking the construction of a rail network in the UAE.

The project involves the construction of a 1,200km railway network linking all the seven emirates. It is being executed in three phases.

The first phase, worth US$1,280 million, includes the construction of a 264km railway network connecting the cities of Shah and Habshan to Ruwais, for transportation of 22,000 tonnes granulated sulphur for export from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC) oil and gas fields in the three points.

It also includes the construction of bridges, utility protection structures, communications towers and way side equipment shelters, and the installation of seven electromotive Diesel Class SD070 Diesel locomotives, 110 wagons per train and 240 sulphur wagons.

The second phase, worth US$5,000 million, will include the construction of a 628km railway network, which will connect railway to Musaffah in Abu Dhabi with Gulf ports of Khalifa and Jebel Ali, and to the Saudi and Omani borders. There will also be a link from Tarif to Dubai and Al-Ain, which will connect to the Oman border. The second phase will be developed in five packages.

Package A (Contract C0303): Construction of a 137km railway line with double track from Ruwais to Ghweifat.

Package B (Contract C0304): Construction of a 190km railway line with double track from Liwa Junction (Tarif) to Al Ain.

Package C (Contract C0306): Construction of a 186km railway line with double track from Al Ain Junction to Jebel Ali Port including a branch line to Khalifa Port.

Package D (Contract E0001): Integration, testing and commissioning management that includes integration with civil works, tracks, rolling stock facilities, signaling and train control, centralized train control, comprehensive communications system including radio, fiber optic backbone, CCTV, public address, telephone, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), asset protection, depot control and power supply system.

Package F (Contract S0201): Construction of a 78km branch line from Industrial City Abu Dhabi to Mussafah.

The second phase will also includes the construction of depots, freight facilities, marshaling yards and passenger stations, which will be operated from the operational control center.

The third phase will include the construction of a 279km rail line to extend the network from Dubai to the northern regions of Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah.

In 2008, a consortium of Dornier Consulting, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and Deutsche Eisenbahn Consulting Gmbh (DE-Consult) completed the feasibility study.

In the first quarter of 2009, the project received approvals.

Hyder Consulting PLC has been appointed as environmental consultant, Fugro as geo-technical consultants, and Good Harbor Consulting as security adviser for second phase.

Al Hai & Al Mukaddam for Geotechnical Works LLC has been awarded a contract for geo-technical investigation as well as design and construction of structures, earthworks and facilities for first and second phases.

In November 2010, WS Atkins and Partners Overseas, and Parsons Brinckerhoff were appointed as preliminary engineering (PE) services consultant for second and third phases, and a joint venture (JV) of Parsons International and Systra as project management consultant (PMC) for first phase.

In January 2011, the PMC contract was canceled and was re-issued in February 2011.

In April 2011, a JV of Aecom and Parsons International was appointed as PMC contractor for first phase. The scope of work includes tendering and selection of design-build contractor; review and approval of all aspects of tendering, award, design, manufacture, delivery and commissioning of the locomotives and freight wagons; development and implementation of quality assurance measures; managing interfaces between various contracts and stakeholders; managing delivery of project environmental impact assessment; and to support various studies and surveys.

In July 2011, PCM Strescon Overseas Ventures Ltd (PCM Strescon) was appointed as supply contractor for railway sleepers. They will be responsible for design and manufacturing of railway sleepers as well as the production of the sleeper manufacturing facility.

In August 2011, Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) was awarded the contract to design, manufacture and supply seven SD70ACS heavy haul freight locomotives.

On September 12, 2011, ER appointed China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd (CSR) to supply 240 covered wagons to transport granulated sulphur in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.

ER signed an agreement with ADNOC as master developer and operator for first phase of project on October 23, 2011.

On October 26, 2011, the contract for civil and track works for first phase was awarded to a consortium of Saipem, Tecnimont and Dodsal Engineering and Construction. The scope of work includes design, procurement and construction of railway infrastructure, in addition to testing and commissioning on a design-build basis of all assets.

For first phase, Salcef has been appointed as a sub-contractor for track laying works; and Al Jabber Group, United Gulf Constructions, Western Bainoona Group, and Tarmac Middle East as sub-contractors for civil works.

In November 2011, ER invited pre-qualification bids for second phase. Of the total five contract, four (packages A, B, C and F) will be design-build contracts including civil, structures, trackwork, facilities and utilities work; and remaining package D will be for railway integration and systems contract.

In January 2012, Ansaldo STS was awarded a contract for first phase for system integration of newly constructed Shah-Habshan-Ruwais line. The scope of work is to supply signalling, automation and telecommunications systems, as well as other smaller systems for the management and control of passenger and freight traffic.

In July 2012, ER issued invitations to tender for the first three contracts (Package A, B and D) for the second phase. Three pre-qualified contractors were invited to bid for the contracts to design-build the Packages A and B.

In December 2012, the first shipment of train wagons arrived in Mina Zayed aboard King Spirit, which will be used for first phase.

In February 2013, ER secured financing of US$1,280 million for first phase. The five-year loan will be financed on a club deal basis by National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC (NBAD), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited (HSBC), with NBAD acting as both the facility and security agent of the loan.

TUV Rheinland Middle East, Mott Macdonald Ltd are appointed as the Consulting Engineers and DB International GmbH for the first and second phases, Lloyds Register EMEA appointed as the Safety Assessment consultant.

In August 2013, Al-Futtaim Engineering was awarded the contract to provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) works for the first phase.

On September 22, 2013, first phase became operational on testing basis.

In March 2014, Etihad Rail DB, a JV formed by ER and Deutsche Bahn, was appointed to operate and maintain the first phase, and to act as consultant for the other stages.

In the first quarter of 2015, the UAE Government released US$190 million as an initial allotment to start construction on the second phase.

In March 2015, Thales Group was identified as one of the bidder for second phase.

In August 2015, ER extended the second phase tender submission deadline. Earlier, ER invited contracting consortium to submit technical bids by July 16, 2015, which was revised to September 17, 2015 and commercial bids submission deadline as July 30, 2015.

ER re-issued tenders for the second phase of the project on October 6, 2015, bids were submitted by the contractors.

In October 2015, preliminary design and engineering works were completed for the second phase.

On January 26, 2016, ER suspended the tender process for second phase and the project was put on hold upon the review of the officials on the timing and delivery of the project.

Planning activities are underway for second phase.


The project involves the construction of 1,200km of railway network connecting Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah to Ghewaifat through Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

The US$11,000 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of 264km railway network connecting the cities of Habshan and Ruwais under first phase

2. Construction of 628km of railway network between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with links to Mussaffah, Khalifa port, and Jebel Ali port under second phase

3. Construction of 279km railway network connecting Dubai to the Northern Emirates of Fujairah and Ras al-Khaimah under third phase

4. Construction of bridges

5. Construction of utility protection structures

6. Construction of communications towers

7. Construction of way side equipment shelters

8. Construction of depots

9. Construction of freight facilities

10. Construction of marshaling yards

11. Construction of passenger stations

12. Construction of operational control center

13. Installation of seven electromotive Diesel Class SD070 Diesel locomotives under first phase

14. Installation of 110 wagons per train under first phase

15. Installation of 240 sulphur wagons under first phase

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