Project Management Consultancy for Etihad Rail Stages 2 and 3

United Arab Emirates
Date: Awarded 8th May 2018 with completion of Services on 7th May 2024
Client: Etihad Rail PJSC

Project overview

The Etihad Rail Network comprises a proposed railway network, which will link freight facilities and passenger stations, and form a part of the planned Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) railway network. It will run from the Saudi Arabian border at Ghweifat in the west, via or close to the cities of the Gulf coast, to the Northern Emirates and the East coast. There will also be a line running from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, with and intended connection into the Sultanate of Oman, as well as an existing branch line to the gas facilities at Shah and Habshan. As of now, the Etihad Rail network is planned to be developed in four main stages:

  • Stage 1 (green):  The Shah Habshan Ruwais rail line is currently under operation and is used for the transport of sulphur from the gas fields at Shah and Habshan to an export facility at Ruwais.
  • Stage 2 (blue): extends the Stage 1 railway network to the border with Saudi Arabia and Oman as well as to Jebel Ali Port. Stage 2 Preliminary Engineering is finalized, except for the freight and O&M facilities, Abu Dhabi to Al Ain Alignment, Border Connection, and Operational Requirements, which are included in the Scope of Services.
  • Stage 3 (red): extends the railway network from the Jebel Ali Junction through Dubai and the Northern Emirates to Fujairah Port, Port Saqr as well as connecting the quarries of the northern emirates. Stage 3 is at the concept design stage.
  • Stage 4 Passenger (purple): adds dedicated lines as well as passenger stations to the network. The passenger network definition is at feasibility stage.

The railway is intended to form a central element in the modernization of the UAE’s freight (road) transport distribution systems, linking its ports, population centers, sources of raw materials and industry by rail. Major freight flows are expected to include containers between the ports and logistics centers located in the centers of consumption, bulk building materials from the mountains in the north to the major cities, bulk raw materials from the ports to industrial centers, and semi-finished goods from industrial centers to the ports. There will also be international transiting freight to and from the Sultanate of Oman and other Gulf Countries to the West such as Saudi Arabia.

Our missions

Egis scope of works included:

  1. Project Management
  • Project Management
  • Contracts and Claims Management
  • Programme Control
  • Cost Control
  • Procurement Support
  • Contract Packaging and Tenders
  • Design Management
  • Risk Management
  • System Assurance
  • Quality Assurance
  • Insurance and Securities Management
  • Operational Readiness (Optional)
  1. Preliminary Engineering Review
  • Review of the Preliminary Designs
  1. Support During Tender
  • Support To ER Staff During D&B Tender Phase
  • General Evaluation of Tenders

Optimization of CAPEX for the railway route