GCC – Railway Network – Kuwait - Project Profile
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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (also known as The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (AGCC)) is undertaking a railway network connecting six GCC states of Middle East.
The project involves the construction of 2,117km rail line covering the coast of Gulf and extending from Oman to Kuwait, passing through the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The rail line will start from Kuwait and go all the way towards Dammam city in Saudi Arabia, where it will bifurcate into three lines – one to Manama in Bahrain, another to Doha in Qatar and a third to Abu-Dhabi and Al-Ain in the UAE and the Muscat in Oman.
The project covers 145km railway line in Kuwait, 36km in Bahrain, 283km in Qatar, 306km in Oman, 684km in United Arab Emirates and 663km in Saudi Arabia.
The project also includes the construction of passenger stations, cargo terminals, rail over bridges (ROB) and other infrastructure facilities, and the installation of electrical equipment and safety systems.
In 2004, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Global Investment House together carried out the preliminary study.
In February 2007, a consortium of Systra, Khatib and Alami, and Canrail was appointed for the feasibility study. The scope of work covers extrapolation of topographical and statistical data, route alignment works, port integration, financing and development options, creation of a legal model and passenger and freight configuration.
In February 2009, Systra was awarded a study contract of Oman's section of the railway (from the port of Sohar to the capital Muscat). The study work was completed in May 2009.
Hyder Consulting (which was taken over by Arcadis NV in 2014) was appointed to undertake the engineering design work.
In September 2011, the Council of Ministers, Saudi Arabia approved a request from the Transport Ministry to prepare engineering blueprint for the railway and follow up implementation of the project.
The Project is facing delay, due to the uncertainty in the plans, and financial constraints over decrease in oil prices.
The project involves the construction of a 2,117km rail line covering the coast of the Gulf and extending from Oman to Kuwait, passing through UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The US$15,400 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of 145km railway line in Kuwait
2. Construction of a 36km railway line in Bahrain
3. Construction of a 283km railway line in Qatar
4. Construction of a 306km railway line in Oman
5. Construction of a 684km railway line in UAE
6. Construction of a 663km railway line in Saudi Arabia
7. Construction of rail over bridges
8. Construction of passenger stations
9. Construction of cargo terminals
10. Installation of signaling systems
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