Etihad Rail awards $436m contract to Hitachi Rail STS
Hitachi Rail STS has been awarded the AED1.6 billion ($436m) systems and integration contract for stage two of the Etihad Rail network.
Italy-based transport systems company Hitachi Rail STS, which is owned by Japan’s Hitachi, will be responsible for the design and build of specific railway systems, in coordination with other stage two works and contracts, as well as managing uptime and operation tests.
Trains will be equipped with the latest European signalling system inside the locomotives (ETCS Level 2), which will ensure they can easily move between GCC countries without stopping at the borders.
The Hitachi Rail STS power system will become the longest distribution network in the country running for a length of 800km and handling power of 11kV (medium-high power).
The network will be equipped with a communications system and modern control centre with its main operations in Faya and another in Mirfa to support and provide maximum safety and efficiency around the clock.
The centre can pinpoint the location of a train at any time, and has the ability to control the speed limit and even stop the train when necessary. In addition, Etihad Rail is installing surveillance cameras and is following all necessary security procedures in coordination with the police departments of each emirate in the country.
The operations centre will include a crisis management unit able to communicate with all concerned parties across the UAE when needed, for example the Abu Dhabi Police, Civil Defence.
In addition, cameras and temperature sensors will be installed to detect any movement around the train track and route corridors. The network will be enhanced by preventive maintenance, where the system identifies predictions of potential errors before they occur and technicians can be immediately sent to carry out repairs.