Etihad Rail invests Dh40bn in new trains

01/08/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Etihad Rail invests Dh40bn in new trains

Etihad Rail, the UAE's national railway network, has invested Dh40 billion in manufacturing seven heavy haul fright trains.It has selected US-based company Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) to design and manufacture the locomotives for delivery by 2012, Gulf News reported.They will be engineered to cope with the changing climactic conditions of the country and will also comply with the latest emissions requirements, making the UAE's railway network as efficient as possible.The company said in a statement: "EMD will design, manufacture, deliver, test and commission locomotives for stage one of the Etihad Rail network, running from Shah to Ruwais."It comes as Etihad Rail readies itself for a 266km route service in Abu Dhabi's Western Region.The firm will transport up to 22,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur each day from Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais for export. The company plans to have the first trains running in 2013.