Etihad Rail awards locomotive contract to US firm

Electro-Motive Diesel to build locomotives for stage 1 of new railway.
The design of the new locomotive
The design of the new locomotive


Etihad Rail has selected Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), one of the world’s largest builders of diesel-electric locomotives, to design and manufacture seven heavy haul freight locomotives for delivery by 2012.

Following a competitive tender process, Etihad Rail awarded the contract to the U.S.-based company who is recognised for its construction of diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications including intercity passenger, commuter, freight, industrial, and mining.

The contract will see EMD design, manufacture, deliver, test and commission locomotives for stage 1 of the Etihad Rail network, running from Shah to Ruwais.

“We are excited to be working with Electro-Motive Diesel as we are confident they will be able to provide stage 1 of our railway with locomotives designed and engineered to withstand the demanding climatic conditions of this region," said Richard Bowker, CEO of Etihad Rail.

The new rail network involves Etihad Rail developing a 266km route in the Western Region that will carry trains transporting up to 22,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur daily from sources in Shah and Habshan for export abroad at the port of Ruwais.

This route marks the first phase of the 1,200km mixed-traffic network that will span across the Emirates. The network will also link the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.


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