Etihad Rail signs MoU with GIBCA Crusher
Etihad Rail has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GIBCA Crushing and Quarry Operations Limited (GIBCA Crusher).
Under the agreement, Etihad Rail trains will transport aggregates for GIBCA Crusher from its quarry in Ras Al Khaimah to distribution terminals in Jebel Ali, ICAD Cities I and IV, Ruwais, Saqr Port, and Fujairah Port.
Established in 1976, GIBCA Crusher is a leading supplier of high quality aggregates that form a base supply for concrete and asphalt production. Today, the company supplies construction projects in the GCC, including airports, harbours, roads, bridges and islands.
Eng. Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail, said: “Agreements with aggregates producers such as GIBCA Crusher are essential for the evolution of the UAE’s rail transport infrastructure, as it will form a vital part of the construction industry’s supply chain.
"This will facilitate a more efficient delivery of aggregates from the Northern Emirates to construction markets not only within the UAE, but also within region and abroad. The MoU with GIBCA Crusher reflects the support of business leaders across the UAE for the remaining stages of the Etihad Rail network, which will in turn contribute to economic integration across the country.”
Sheikh Saqer Bin Khalid Al Qassimi, GIBCA Group Corporate Development Director, added: “GIBCA Crushers was established soon after the UAE’s formation. We are proud to say that the company has thrived in a competitive business environment where committed efforts are made to grow and diversify the UAE economy. The MoU with Etihad Rail will allow GIBCA Crushers to enhance our existing supply chain to meet evolving business needs, ultimately helping us to cater more efficiently to our key markets in the UAE and beyond.”
In addition to aggregates, the Etihad Rail network will be used to transport bulk and non-bulk materials, offering tailor-made solutions to differing customer needs. Network routes have been designed to accommodate all key customer sectors, with stations positioned to connect production hubs with points of import and export.
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network will span 1,200 kilometres across the emirates.
The network will form a vital part of the GCC railway network, linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia through Ghweifat in the west and Oman through Al Ain in the east.