Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the United Arab Emirates’ national railway network, has announced that the first shipment of railcars, to be used in the first stage of the rail project linking Shah and Habshan to Ruwais, arrived at Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed port, aboard the vessel King Spirit.
“Construction activity for the first stage of the rail project, which is being developed in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, is far along and we are on track to see the first trains run from Habshan to Ruwais within a year using these wagons,” said Nasser Saif Al-Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail.
The company contracted China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation to supply the 240 covered railcars for the transport of granulated sulfur in the western region of Abu Dhabi.
Etihad Rail also contracted U.S.-based Electro-Motive Diesel to design and manufacture seven heavy-haul freight locomotives, which are scheduled for arrival in the UAE in the first quarter of 2013.
The core purpose of Stage One is the transport of granulated sulfur. Train transport allows for a capacity of up to 22,000 metric tons of sulfur per day.
The recently inaugurated Khalifa Port, constructed by Abu Dhabi Ports Company, will be linked to Etihad Rail’s network during the second stage of the construction process.