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Status:Commercial activity for Etihad Rail commenced in December 2015 after safety authorisations were granted by the Federal Transport Authority. To December 2017, Etihad Rail has transported more than 15 million tonnes of granulated sulphur for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the equivalent of 954,303 truck trips.

One train removes approximately 300 trucks from the road, producing 70%-80% less carbon dioxide emissions than trucks required to transport the same tonnage.

Location:Stage One of the rail network links Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais
  • With a capacity to transport 22,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur daily
  • The monthly average tonnage of sulphur transported stands at 457,000 tonnes.
Length (km): 264 km

Locomotives: Seven state-of-the-art locomotives from U.S.-based Electro-Motive Diesel, equipped with an in-cab European signaling system (ETCS level 2), and built to accommodate double stack containers.

The Etihad Rail network is of standard gauge with mainly double track, designed for an integrated transport network and mixed-use traffic.

Wagons: 240 wagons fully equipped with extended safety features including Hot Bearing and Hot Wheel detectors on each wheel, ECP brakes and derailment protection. Weighing 30 tonnes each if unloaded and 130 tonnes when loaded, the wagons are covered hopper wagons for the movement of granulated sulphur, featuring top hatch covers for loading and “kwik drop” bottom doors for unloading.
Stage 2 will connect the railway to Mussafah, to the Gulf ports of Khalifa and Jebel Ali, and to the Saudi and Omani borders.
Length (km):
628 km
Etihad Rail is committed to the delivery of the UAE’s national railway network in line with its mandate and is continuing to work closely with partners and stakeholders in the UAE and on a GCC level, to assess the most appropriate timeline for the construction of Stage Two.
Stage 3 will extend the network from Dubai to the northern regions of Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah
Length (km):
279 km