All Middle East articles – Page 8

  • 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 ...

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    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 ...

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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 ...

  • Model of a Vossloh/MAPNA G1206-IR locomotive.

    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 ...

  • Map of Oman's planned national railway network (Image: Ministry of Transport & Communications).

    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. ...

  • Driving car for a Haramain High Speed Rail trainset (Photo: SRO).

    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 ...