All Middle East articles – Page 6

  • Oman Rail is developing a 2 135 km national network.

    Oman Rail seeks operating partner


    OMAN: National railway project promoter Oman Rail is seeking an international rail operator with ‘extensive technical and commercial experience combined with local market knowledge’ to form a long-term partnership to operate and maintain the future 2 135 km network. Oman Rail’s partner would initially support the development of skills ...

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    Bahrain progresses rail plans


    BAHRAIN: The government expects to call bids in June for detailed design of a rail link to Saudi Arabia, as part of the proposed GCC rail network. The 87 km line would be built in conjunction with a second causeway connecting the two countries, to be known as the ...

  • Tracklaying and ballasting are underway on the first stage of ISR’s Valley Line running east from Haifa, which follows a former Hedjaz Railway alignment. Photos: Lesico

    Israel Railways hosts electrification conference


    ISRAEL: With final bids for the contract to electrify the national rail network due to be submitted by July 23, Israel Railways hosted a three-day conference for shortlisted bidders on April 27-29 to discuss key elements of the programme. Seven consortia had submitted bids during the prequalification stage in June ...

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    SAR’s first passenger train arrives


    SAUDI ARABIA: The first of five passenger trainsets for the North-South Railway has arrived in the Kingdom, Saudi Railway Co announced on April 27. Designed for 200 km/h operation in temperatures up to 55°C, the diesel push-pull trainsets are being supplied by CAF under a 533m riyal contract signed in ...

  • There is an 'imperative need' for Gulf railways to ensure interoperability, the conference heard.

    'Imperative need' for Gulf railways to standardise


    MIDDLE EAST: The importance of harmonising standards across railway projects to enable the development of a coherent and interoperable network across the Gulf region was highlighted at the 1st International Conference on Railway Interoperability, Standardisation & Harmonisation in the Middle East. The event in Doha on March 30-31 ...

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    Genesee & Wyoming completes Freightliner acquisition


    INTERNATIONAL: Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced on March 25 that it had completed the acquisition of 94% of Freightliner Group Ltd for £492m, plus the assumption of £19m of net debt and capitalised leases. Freightliner’s management team has retained a 6% interest which G&W expects to acquire by mid-2020. In ...

  • President of Saudi Railways Organization Mohamed Khaled al Suwaiket signed the contract with China Railway Construction Corp.

    SRO signs freight line upgrade contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has awarded China Railway Construction Corp a 160m riyal contract to undertake the 91 km second phase of upgrading the Dammam – Riyadh freight line. The specifications for the 23 month project to increase capacity includes raising the maximum axleload to 32·5 tonnes. Last year ...

  • President of Saudi Railways Organization Mohamed Khaled al Suwaiket signed the contract with Dornier Consulting.

    Saudi Railways Master Plan update contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has awarded Dornier Consulting GmbH a contract to provide consultancy services for an update of the Saudi Railways Master Plan. The six-month contract is worth 2·84 million riyals. SRO said the main objective of the SRMP update is to provide an ‘integrated and clear ...

  • The diesel trainsets for the Riyadh - Dammam line will be similar to the electric Talgo 350 sets being supplied for the Haramain High Speed Rail project.

    Saudi Railways Organization orders 200 km/h Talgo diesel trainsets


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has awarded Talgo a contract worth in excess of $200m to supply six 200 km/h diesel trainsets for use on the 480 km Riyadh – Dammam line. In conjunction with infrastructure upgrades the trainsets are expected to cut journey times from 4 h 20 min ...

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    Israel Railways ready to launch first bond issue


    ISRAEL: Proposals for Israel Railways to raise private investment to fund infrastructure development are moving forwards, with the company expecting to start marketing its first bond issue at the beginning of March ahead of a formal offering later in the month. Under a framework agreement signed with the government in ...

  • Saudi Railway Co has selected Serco, Freightliner and Network Rail Consulting to provide management and technical support for the development of passenger and freight services.

    British consortium wins North–South Railway operating partnership contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: North–South Railway project promoter Saudi Railway Co has selected a consortium of three UK-based companies to provide management and technical support for the development of passenger and freight services on its network: Serco: prime contractor and technical support for passenger operations; Freightliner Group: freight expertise and support, technical ...

  • Map of Qatar Rail's proposed Long Distance Passenger & Freight railway network (Image: Qatar Rail).

    Qatar Rail restarts civil works tendering


    QATAR: National railway project promoter Qatar Rail launched a new prequalification process for the civil works on the first phase of the planned Long Distance Passenger & Freight Rail network on February 18. A prequalification exercise for a combined civils and railway systems contract was launched last year, but subsequently ...

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    TCDD orders 10 more Velaros


    TURKEY: State railway operator TCDD has selected Siemens to supply a further 10 Velaro TR high speed trainsets, the company confirmed on February 18. Subject to any legal challenges from other bidders, the contract is expected to be signed shortly. Having bought the former Velaro D demonstrator and then ordered ...

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    Israel Railways deploys customised train planning software


    ISRAEL: A customised version of HaCon’s Train Planning System software is now being used for all of Israel Railways’ passenger and freight train planning and capacity management activities, and is expected to fully replace ISR’s legacy tools by the end of the year. ISR required a tailored and integrated ...

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    Oman Rail project management contract awarded


    OMAN: On behalf of the Ministry of Transport & Communications, the Government Tender Board has selected a consortium headed by Spanish engineering contractor Técnicas Reunidas to provide project management consultancy services for the construction of the future rail network. The consortium will review preliminary designs which are being prepared by ...

  • Viaduct for the A1 railway to Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem fast line track contract awarded


    ISRAEL: A US$195m contract to design, build and maintain track and electrical, ventilation and fire safety systems for the tunnels and bridges on the A1 fast line to Jerusalem has been awarded to the Electra Boegl joint venture of Electra, Electra Infrastructures Hasharon Excavators, Signon Schweiz and Max Bögl Bauunternehmen. ...

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    Municipal Council approves Kuwait section of GCC railway


    KUWAIT: The Municipal Council gave its backing for the Kuwaiti section of the planned GCC railway at a meeting on January 21. Responsibility for the project has now been handed over to the Ministry of Communications, which will co-ordinate planning with other ministries. According to the Kuwait News Agency, the ...

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    Aqaba Railway awards wagon repair contract


    JORDAN: Aqaba Railway Corp has signed a 10-month contract for King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau and Jordan Advanced Machining Co to rebuild 35 accident-damaged wagons at a cost of 665 000 dinars. An initial wagon was rebuilt free of charge by JordanAMCO, and underwent three months of trial ...

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    Alstom wins €100m Egyptian signalling contract


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Alstom a €100m contract to supply and maintain for five years signalling equipment for the line running 240 km south along the Nile from Beni Suef to Asyut. Deliveries will start in 2016 and the new signalling is due to be operational by January ...

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    Railway Directory 2015


    INTERNATIONAL: Marking its 120th year of publication, the latest edition of Railway Directory includes extensively-updated listings and contact details for almost 5 000 companies and organisations around the world. Covering every sector of the railway industry, it includes details of around 22 000 senior executives. Separate sections cover government and ...