French group Egis wins UAE railway network project
Staff Writer |
French group Egis got a Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contract for the development of the United Arab Emirates railway network (Stages 2 and 3).
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It will assist Etihad Rail, tasked with developing and operating the network.
The existing and currently operated network of 264 km will be expanded between now and 2024 by over 600 km in Stage 2 and 250 km in Stage 3.
The Emirates network is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rail network and plays a key role in the ongoing growth of conventional rail in the Middle East region.
Following its experience acquired in stage 1, Etihad Rail aims to bolster its team with the skills of Egis’ teams, internationally renowned for their experience in project management and technical expertise in all types of railway project (passenger and freight, conventional and high speed).
Egis will work in close cooperation with Etihad, its team joining the project ownership team to oversee and supervise the different project contributors: the Engineering Consultant responsible for preliminary design and construction supervision, the future design-and-build contractors, and third parties.
For the Emirates, delivering a project of this scale will demand extensive expertise and coordination.
The network is a combination of freight and passenger lines which extends over 1,000km and has nearly 40 railway facilities (logistics sites for freight, passenger stations, stabling and maintenance depots).
On completion in 2024, the network will link Saudi Arabia to the Emirates and Oman.
The growth and dynamics of the Emirates generate major changes in infrastructure.
The Etihad Rail PMC contract is part of the strategy to further develop in the Middle East and more particularly in the United Arab Emirates.
This is the Egis’s third major guided transportation project in the region.
The other two projects are the Qatar automatic metro (project management of Red Line extension) and an autonomous transportation system in Dubai (design engineering and construction of the scalable capacity autonomous shuttle system, Bluewaters Ground Rapid Transit System). ■
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