Etihad Rail DB runs 1000th train
Etihad Rail and Etihad Rail DB, the joint venture between Etihad Rail and DB Cargo that operates and maintains Stage One of the railway network, announced that it has safely run its 1000th train as of Friday 20 January 2017.
The milestone marks a significant achievement for the company set up in 2013 to manage the operations of the Etihad Rail network.
Commercial operations officially commenced in January 2016, with Etihad Rail DB responsible for the transport of more than 20,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur daily from the gas fields of Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais, where sulphur is exported.
AbdulMuhsen Younus, chairman of Etihad Rail DB, said: “Since inception, Etihad Rail DB has been committed to providing its main client, ADNOC, with a safe, reliable and timely service, and for setting the bench mark as the region’s leading heavy rail operator. We are extremely proud to have run our 1000th train, and to share this remarkable achievement with Etihad Rail, ADNOC, our stakeholders and employees.”
“To date, we have transported more than 10 million tonnes of sulphur in over 1 million hours worked with zero lost time injury (LTI). This is a major achievement for a relatively young company like ours, and a strong testament to our culture of safety and excellence,” he added.
“Having a reliable rail network has enabled ADNOC to transport its large quantities of sulphur, to Ruwais, in an efficient manner. This has greatly enhanced our logistical capability and ADNOC’s position as the world’s largest exporter of sulphur,” said Omar Al Suwaidi, ADNOC’s gas management director.
“Over the coming decade, ADNOC intends to double its sulphur production capabilities, becoming the number one global producer. Having a reliable partner, such as Etihad Rail DB, will enable our exponential growth,” he added.
The railway, which is currently being developed in three stages and designed to safely handle and transport large volumes of goods and raw materials, will in future further link the UAE’s major centres of population and industry.
At present, Stage One of the project is forging ahead to reach its maximum commercial capacity, which will witness it transport more than seven million tonnes of sulphur annually.