Etihad Rail DB, a joint venture between Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network and DB Schenker has overseen the launch of the the first freight trains in the emirati.
The two partners have officially taken responsibility for the network’s Operation Control Center (OCC) in Mirfa.
The qualified staff members working in the OCC are responsible for the overall control and command of the system including all freight train movements and this move is an important step forward for the project said Etihad Rail CEO, Faris Saif Al Mazrouei.
Construction of Stage One of the railway network has been completed and trains are currently running in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi on a trial basis within the framework of an Operational & Maintenance Agreement with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC),
This makes provision for the transport more than seven million tons of granulated sulphur annually for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC),
Etihad Rail is also in “advanced commercial and technical negotiations” with other prospective partners, including DP World, Emirates Steel Industries (ESI), based in Abu Dhabi, Arkan, a local building and construction materials firm and other unspecified companies.
The UAE network will span approximately 1,200 km at full build-out and act as a catalyst for economic growth and sustained social development, Etihad Rail said.
“Upon completion, the railway will redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable mode of transport that will connect all regions of the UAE to the neighbouring GCC countries” it added.