EXCLUSIVE: Abu Dhabi moves on stalled rail project
28 November, 2017 | By JENNIFER AGUINALDO
Abu Dhabi has re-engaged with stakeholders for the design and route alignment for the upcoming phases of Etihad Rail, the UAE’s federal railway network.
This includes the rail project’s second stage, for which procurement was suspended in early 2016.
“We were told Stage 2 is no longer on hold,” a source who was present at a high-level meeting held last week tells MEED.
During the meeting, senior officials at the Abu Dhabi-based Federal Transport Authority and Fujairah Municipality primarily discussed the need for minor revisions to the current route alignment for Stage 3, which will link the railway to Fujairah as well as Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah.
MEED earlier reported that the client, Etihad Rail, met with stakeholders in late 2016.
However, neither the FTA nor Etihad Rail has officially confirmed reviving the procurement process for Stage 2 so far.
MEED understands securing funding remains a key issue for the succeeding phases of the scheme.
Etihad Rail suspended the procurement for Stage 2 of the 1,200-kilometre national railway in January 2016, following a 30 per cent employee reduction.
The main package for the 628km Stage 2 has been tendered twice. Two groups were believed to have been shortlisted in the first tender. They include:
- Salini Impregilo (Italy) / Samsung C&T (South Korea) / Tristar (local)
- China Railway Construction Company (China ) / Ghantoot Group (local)
Based on the original design, Stage 2 will connect the railway to Mussafah, to the ports in Abu Dhabi and Jebel Ali, and to the Saudi and Omani borders.
Etihad Rail has been operational since late 2015.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) is the offtaker for the railway’s first stage, which is used mainly to transport granulated sulphur from Shah and Habshan to the Mirfa depot in Ruwais, from where it is being exported.
There are more than $155bn of residential and mixed-use schemes still on hold
The decision by Bahrain’s Judicial Committee for the Settlement of Stalled Real Estate Projects plans to auction the ...
Dubai Metro’s Route 2020 financing highlights crucial role of technology firms in infrastructure projects
The growing prominence of infratech, a portmanteau for infrastructure and technology, further highlights the disruptive impact of ...
Total value of awards improves from low in the second half of 2016
GCC contract awards rebounded during the first half of this year from the four-year low recorded in the ...
Governments are starting to shelve upcoming projects that are no longer considered necessary
It is now five years since oil prices began to collapse in late 2014. As a major oil ...
While the focus is on key infrastructure for the event, the 170-plus international participants present both opportunities and challenges
Visitors to the UAE would be hard pressed to find anyone who ...
Contract awards have failed to keep pace with the large volume of projects that are now being completed
Dubai’s construction market retreated sharply during the second quarter of this year, with ...
Momentum in Dubai’s construction cycle has slowed
The Gulf construction market is at a challenging turning point and many construction companies are becoming increasingly concerned about where the next opportunities are ...
Unified regulations would enable more evenly balanced logistics growth
The opening of Jebel Ali Port in 1979 facilitated Dubai’s rapid transformation into a global logistics hub. In 2017, Jebel Ali Port ...
The tenders for The Tower and the shopping mall at Dubai Creek Harbour evoke memories of 2004, when contractors competed for the deals to build what would become Burj Khalifa ...
The authorities have announced a raft of projects and initiatives to support economic growth over the past year
The Washington-based IMF has stressed the importance of the authorities in the UAE ...
Stalled real estate projects are still an issue
Investors favour technology-led consortiums
EXCLUSIVE: GCC contract awards rebound in first half
Future projects are threatened by subdued population growth
Dubai’s Expo 2020 pavilions offer opportunities for contractors
Dubai’s construction market dropped sharply in second quarter
The next steps for construction
Policy change needed to smooth logistics growth
Tendering in 2017 reflects tightening margins for developers
IMF stresses importance of UAE managing its stimulus
28 November, 2017 | .By JENNIFER AGUINALDO