Etihad Rail suspends progress on stage two network through Abu Dhabi

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national rail network, has confirmed that it has suspended the tendering process for stage two of the project.

It said that all bidders have today been informed in writing that the second stage, which involves the construction of the rail network in the Abu Dhabi emirate by connecting to the Saudi border at Ghweifat and the Omani border at Al Ain, has been halted.

Stage two was to connect vital areas such as Mussaffah, Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Port in Dubai.

“Etihad Rail is one of the biggest and most complex infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UAE,” said Nasser Alsowaidi, chairman of Etihad Rail.

“As we enter 2016, we have been working closely with our partners and stakeholders to assess our strategic priorities for the year. As a result, a decision has been taken to suspend the tendering process for stage two while we review the most appropriate timing for this investment.”

Etihad Rail added in a statement that the decision to suspend stage two will have no impact on stage one operations.

Etihad Rail started commercial operations on stage one, which links Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais, after official safety authorisations were granted by the Federal Transport Authority in December.

More to follow.

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