Developer, Etihad Rail has invited prequalification bids from leading contractors to provide design and build services for freight facilities across its entire network.

Upon completion, the rail network will span approximately 1,200 km across the UAE. The project linking GCC countries will be constructed in stages. In addition, the project will link the population and industrial centers. The first phase is a 264-kilometer route.

The second stage, the network will be extended by 628 km. It will connect the railway to Mussafah the Khalifa and Jebel Ali ports. In addition, the network form a vital part of the GCC railway network, linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.

The third and final phase is expected to be completed by 2021. While initially the rails are being used for freight services, the network plans to provide passenger services in the future.

Etihad Rail said that the contractors must have vast experience in bulk materials handling; intermodal loading/unloading sidings; all associated earthworks, trackwork, besides construction of structures including bridges, underpasses and tunnels.

The company added that the last date for submitting the prequalification documents is February 28.

Source: Trade Arabia

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