A select group of government officials and oil industry executives was recently invited to travel on a new stretch of railway running deep into the desert interior of Abu Dhabi, and close to the Saudi border. The Etihad railway is eventually planned to cover 1,200 km, and will be part of a vast rail network across the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC). The new railway will revolutionise trade, industry and passenger traffic across the region, as well as providing billions of dollars of business for construction companies, rolling stock manufacturers and suppliers of electronic signalling and control equipment.
A total of 18 consortiums and joint ventures prequalified to participate in the design and build package of the multibillion dollar project. Bids are due in by 21 December, 2014.The Sohar-Buraimi stretch, representing Segment 1 of the Oman National Railway network, connects the Port of Sohar to the GCC rail network at the Sultanate’s border with the United Arab Emirates at Al Buraimi and Khatmat Milahah.The 2,235km Oman National Railway Project will be implemented in nine separate segments covering the length of the Sultanate. Conceived as a double track network, the diesel-powered freight and passenger line is proposed to link the most populated areas, the ports and the increasing productive activities of the Sultanate.
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