Etihad Rail awards Package A Stage 2 contract to L&T

A joint venture of Indian contracting heavyweight Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Power China International has been picked to work on Package A of Stage 2 of the UAE’s national railway network, Etihad Rail, which will be 1,200-kilometre-long upon completion.

Construction works under the package was launched by HH Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, and chairman of Etihad Rail.

The Indian-Chinese JV will construct freight facilities for the railway network which will be carried out at a total cost of $509.1m (AED1.87bn). Under the terms of the contract, the companies will be jointly responsible for the surveying, design, construction, equipment installation, testing, and pre-commissioning of each facility.

With the contract award, Etihad Rail has completed the contract-awarding process of Stage 2 of the national network which will connect Fujairah and Khorfakkan on the emirates’ east coast to the UAE border with Saudi Arabia at Ghuweifat.

Package A will cover 139km, starting from Ghuweifat on the UAE border with Saudi Arabia to Ruwais [Image: CW Archives]

ORFISA collaborated with L&T in the development of the tender