Etihad Rail completes first stage in record time
Dubai, February 5, 2014
Etihad Rail completed the first stage earlier than expected and plans to push ahead on schedule unmoved by the delays in neighbouring countries’ rail networks, said report citing a senior official.
The UAE’s national rail network is unlikely to be impacted by delays in neighbouring countries’ rail networks, reported the Gulf News, citing an executive at Etihad Rail.
The first phase of the UAE rail network links Habshan and Shah in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region to the Port of Ruwais, where sulphur is loaded onto ships and exported, John Lesniewski, the director of sales & commercial agreements at etihad Rail, was quoted as saying.
The second phase will connect Saudi Arabia to Dubai and Al Ain by 2018, said the report.
Lesniewski said the second stage has been tendered and will be awarded by early second quarter 2014.
The final stage will be linking the network with the Northern Emirates. Lesniewski said engineering work on the final stage is likely to begin by the end of year with tendering to start in the first quarter of 2015.