Etihad Rail from the United Arab Emirates is determined to shift its freight transport to railways. The need for freight wagons in the country, which transfers petrochemical products, industrial raw materials, waste, metals and other cargo transport from highways to railways, is increasing day by day. Thanks to these new wagons, the increase in freight transport will reach 60 million tons by the end of the year.
Etihad Rail took its first step in 2009 and opened a tender for the purchase of 1000 wagons. Until today, 850 wagons have been commissioned and used in freight transportation. Delivery of other wagons is expected by the end of the year.
The Chinese CRRC will produce new wagons according to UAE requirements by making a general production agreement. These include modern braking, signaling and communication control and safety systems. It will also undertake special productions with certain regional environmental conditions. The contract was signed in an online ceremony. This virtual event was attended by Sun Yongcai, Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail and Chairman of the Crrc. The contract was signed by Etihad Rail CEO Shadi Malek and CRRC Yangtze Group Vice President Wang Hongwei.
The contract covers a variety of wagon types to provide flexibility, timing frequency and scale required by the market. By providing the necessary infrastructure for an intermodal transition to the railway, the new line was designed to ease congestion.
Great UAE Freight Transport Railway Project Consists of Two Stages
Thousands and different types of wagons will be used for the following two-stage project:
Stage I - (Shah-Habshan-Ruwais Railway line) is operational and Etihad Rail DB is operating the line.
Stage II - Includes rail link with Guweifat in Oman and Fujairah. When this line is completed, its length will be 1.200 km and Saudi Arabia and Oman will be connected via UAE.
About Etihad Rail
It was established in June 2009 under Federal Law No.2 to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE's national freight and passenger rail network. In the railway sector built to the highest generally accepted standards, Manufacturing, Production, logistics, population and main Import and Export points of the UAE will connect the main centers of the UAE, connect the safe and sustainable regions and integrate the industry with railway-based transport.
Etihad Rail is being developed in line with the Abu Dhabi economic vision 2030 and the UAE vision 2021, which contributes to economic diversification through strategic initiatives set to support the UAE's socio-economic growth and diversification.
Stage One's commercial operations started in 2016 on time, on budget, and with zero lost time injury. Etihad Rail DB, a joint venture between Etihad Rail and Deutsche Bahn, is Europe's largest rail operator, founded in 2013.
Since the signing of financing agreements for Phase XNUMX, Etihad Rail has completed and separated Etihad Rail's corridors and lands, awarded and started construction work on all Phase XNUMX packages by signing agreements with relevant authorities across Emirates.