All Middle East articles – Page 7

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    Saudi Railways Organization to use digital acoustic sensing for lineside security


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has awarded QinetiQ subsidiary OptaSense and its local partner Abdulla Fouad Holding Co a US$12m five-year contract to install and maintain a 1 000 km optic fibre intrusion detection system on its Riyadh – Dammam routes, in what the national railway says is the first ...

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    MAPNA to build diesel locos under licence


    IRAN: Vossloh and MAPNA Group have reached a ‘long-term partnership’ agreement for the German firm’s G1206 four-axle multi-purpose diesel locomotive to be produced under licence in Iran. Imminent changes to European regulations will preclude future deliveries of the G1206 to customers in the EU, but Vossloh believes the design is ...

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    RAI introduces automatic train protection


    IRAN: Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran confirmed on September 12 that it had put its first automatic train protection system into ‘definitive operation’ on its 926 km main line between Tehran and Mashhad, following the completion of a 31-month installation programme. RAI has been steadily upgrading its signalling ...

  • A consortium led by Consultrans is to study options for a Riyadh – Dammam high speed railway.

    Riyadh - Dammam high speed line study contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: A consortium led by Spanish firm Consultrans signed a 6·6m riyal contract to study options for the construction of a Riyadh – Dammam high speed line on September 2. The 10-month study commissioned by Saudi Railways Organisation will consider routes, technical requirements, costs, demand forecasts and potential revenue ...

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    Jerusalem fast line tunnel holed through


    ISRAEL: The first bore of the 11·6 km twin-bore tunnel for the A1 fast line to Jerusalem was holed through on August 26. The tunnel between Yittla Creek and Mevaseret Zion in the suburbs of Jerusalem will be the longest in Israel. The contractor is a joint venture of Shafir ...

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    Oman Rail Co invites civil works bids


    OMAN: The government’s railway project promoter Oman Rail Co has formally invited 18 pre-qualified international consortia to bid for the civil works contract for the Sohar – Al Buraymi first phase of the planned 2 244 km national network. A total of 34 consortia bringing together 95 local and international ...

  • Saudi Railways Organization has awarded China Railway Construction Corp a 123m riyal contract to renew 78·4 km of the Dammam – Riyadh freight line.

    SRO signs Dammam – Riyadh upgrading contracts


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has awarded China Railway Construction Corp a 123m riyal contract to renew 78·4 km of the Dammam – Riyadh freight line within 21 months, and local contractor Al Mobty a 391m riyal contract to double the 241 km single track section between Hofuf and Haradah. ...

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    First Haramain high speed trainset revealed


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization President Mohamed Khaled al Suwaiket visited the first trainset for the Haramain High Speed Rail project at the Talgo’s factory at Rivabellosa in Spain on August 11. The 450 km high speed line will link Makkah with Madinah, via Jeddah and King Abdul Aziz International ...

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    Israel Railways calls tenders for electric locomotives


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways has called tenders for the supply of between 62 and 78 electric locomotives, with options for more. These are required as part of ISR’s 25 kV 50 Hz electrification programme. ISR is seeking mixed traffic locomotives with three-phase asynchronous traction equipment. These should be suitable for regenerative ...

  • A consortium of CMC, SU Power and subsidiaries MAPNA has signed a contract to electrify the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad line.

    Chinese-backed Tehran – Mashhad electrification contract signed


    IRAN: A consortium bringing together Chinese companies CMC and SU Power with subsidiaries of local industrial group MAPNA has been awarded a contract to install and maintain overhead electrification equipment on the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad line, and procure 70 electric locomotives. The engineering, procurement, construction and finance contract ...

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    Saudi Railway Polytechnic established


    SAUDI ARABIA: Last year TQ Education & Training was awarded a five-year contract to provide training and management services to the Saudi Railway Polytechnic, which has been established in Buraydah through a partnership between Saudi Arabia Railways and Technical & Vocational Training Corp. TQ is responsible for developing the curriculum ...

  • Iranian Islamic Republic Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the Afghanistan Railway Authority with training support.

    Iran shares railway expertise with Afghanistan


    AFGHANISTAN: Iranian Islamic Republic Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the Afghanistan Railway Authority with training to support its plans for railway development and expansion. RAI said Iran would send technical experts to advise on railway organisation, maintenance and construction, to help accelerate the development of the ...

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    Saudi Landbridge supervision prequalification begins


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Public Investment Fund’s railway development body Saudi Railway Co has invited applications to prequalify for the construction supervision consultancy contract for the Saudi Landbridge project. Applications are to be submitted by July 22. The Landbridge would involve the construction of around 1 200 km of railway ...

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    ILCAD 2014 targets professional drivers


    INTERNATIONAL: Railway operators in more than 45 countries across the world are participating in the sixth International Level Crossing Awareness Day on June 3. The campaign is intended to raise public awareness of the safety risks surrounding level crossings, in order to change the behaviour of road users, including vehicle ...

  • The memorandum was signed by Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail, and SAR Chief Executive Dr Rumaih bin Muhammad Al Rumaih.

    Working more closely together


    MIDDLE EAST: A number of joint committees are to be established by Saudi Railway Company and Etihad Rail to implement best practice in railway projects under a partnership accord signed in Abu Dhabi on May 10. The two railway companies foresee the partnership forming the basis for a wider programme ...

  • First six of 72 double-deck coaches which Bombardier Transportation is supplying for Israel Railways electric services.

    First electrification-ready stock delivered to Israel Railways


    ISRAEL: National railway ISR has taken delivery of the first six of 72 double-deck coaches which Bombardier Transportation is supplying pre-equipped to operate with electric locomotives on routes which are to be electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz. ISR placed a €122m order for the coaches in September 2012 under ...

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    Gulf Co-operation Council states discuss OTIF accession


    INTERNATIONAL: The Gulf Co-operation Council and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding which could lead to the GCC and its six member states Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE acceding to the COTIF convention. The convention provides a legal ...

  • The joint venture agreement was signed by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of Etihad Rail DB and Vice-Chairman of Etihad Rail, and Dr Alexander Hedderich, CEO of DB Schenker Rail.

    Etihad Rail operation and maintenance joint venture formed


    UAE: National railway project promoter Etihad Rail has signed an operations and maintenance joint venture agreement with DB Schenker Rail. The Etihad Rail DB joint venture will initially provide operations and maintenance expertise for the 264 km Phase 1 of the network. Test running is now underway and commercial freight ...

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    Watching your wagons


    UAE: New York Air Brake and Lat-Lon have provided monitoring technology for 240 sulphur wagons supplied to Etihad Rail. Eight wheelset sensors per wagon measure bearing temperature and the degree of tilt to warn of potential derailment. The upper hatch is monitored for open/closed status by two more devices, ...

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    Qatar long distance rail network design contract awarded


    QATAR: A joint venture of Parsons and Systra has been awarded a design consultancy services contract for the Qatar Long Distance Railway Network. The planned 400 km rail network would have seven passenger stations, six freight facilities and a depot. It would provide freight and passenger services within Qatar, and ...