The construction of the first one-kilometer rail marine bridge along the Etihad rail, UAE’s national & biggest rail route has been completed. This marks a major milestone for the project which was approximately 75% complete in May.
The construction of the bridge, connecting Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port to the mainland involved the installation of T-beams. Well, about 100 T-beams were installed while building the marine bridge. The bridge is reportedly a very first of its kind within the network.
The Rail Network project boasts a workforce of 320 workers. Furthermore, the project has clocked in well about one million manhours, thus far. Additionally, the project’s construction has been divided into two stages. The second stage features four packages. The bridge is a part of Package B of the second stage.
Taking a step further, the project also ensured that all works carried out to comply with the top environmental as well as global standards.
The Deputy Project Manager commented on the project. Kuloud Al Mazrouei expressed that the project will improve the flow of goods to and within the region. As a result, the deputy manager added, that the project would also help reduce trade and shipping costs. The Rail Network will run for a total of 1,200 kilometers across the United Arab Emirates.
Etihad rail project overview
The Etihad Rail is a 1,200 km network that is being developed across the United Arab Emirates, from the border of Saudi Arabia to the border of Oman. The project aims to link the centers of industry, trade, and population of the UAE.
The megaproject is projected to grow from running heavy goods services to facilitating the transportation of millions of passengers all within and between the major cities by 2030. The center of operations is currently at the depot in Mirfa, and it services all movements between the track and the trains.
Dedication to the Etihad Rail Project is impressive as in the coastal village of west Abu Dhabi, technicians, mechanics, and engineers work day and night to ensure the project stays on schedule. The project is also said to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions by well over 80%
More on the Etihad Rail project
The Etihad Rail Train Project was first established in 2009 while phase one of the project officially became operational in 2016. Since then two tracks that span 264 kilometers have been operating.
The trains have been transporting granulated sulfur from the gasfield in Habshan and Shah that are then exported to Ruwais. On a daily, the trains run across the country with the capacity to carry up to 22,000 tonners of sulfur. It is said that each train can be able to pull up to 2 wagons.
When completed the railway network will be able to link the main centers of industry and population across the UAE region. It will also end up playing an essential role in the planned railway network across the entire Gulf region.
This will result in a connection happening between the seven emirates of the country to the neighboring five GCC states. Phase two of the Etihad Rail Train Project will manage to link Saudia Arabia and the UAE from Ghuerifat to Fujairah through Mussafah located in Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Port.
Stage two construction of the Etihad rail network well on track
Stage two of the Etihad rail network project is progressively, still on track. This came to light when the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Etihad Rail, Sheikh Theyad bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited the project site.
The visit served to review the project’s progress of rail construction from the Al Suyoh area to Sakamkam. The prince confirmed that the project extending from Fujairah Port and Ras Al Khaimah to Sharjah was still on a great track.
The project will feature a bridge in the Al Suyoh Area in Sharjah. The bridge will be followed by a stop in the Al Bithnah area in Fujairah to visit Al Bithnah Bridge. Additionally, the project will also feature a number of tunnels. These tunnels will be across the Al Hajar Mountains in Fujairah.
The National Rail Network Project will help Etihad Rail achieve economic prosperity through the development of the National Rail network. This falls well in line with the company’s goal of shaping the future of the transport sector.
Following the inspection tour, Sheikh Theyab witnessed yet another significant achievement for the project. This was the official signing of an agreement between Spain’s CAF and Etihad Rail, valued at $326 million. Important to note is that the agreement is with one of the world’s leaders in the railway sector. The agreement included the design, manufacture, supply, and maintenance of passenger trains for the project.