All Middle East articles – Page 9

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    Loan to fund Egyptian resignalling


    EGYPT: The government has signed two loan agreements to fund resignalling to increase capacity on the Benha - Zagazig - Ismailia - Port Said route. Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development is to lend US$100m, and the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development is to lend US$150m Under ...

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    Qatar Railway Education Alliance partnership


    QATAR: National railway development agency Qatar Rail, Qatar University and Deutsche Bahn's consultancy business DB International signed a memorandum of understanding for the formation of the Qatar Railway Education Alliance during the Business & Investment in Qatar forum held in Berlin on April 16. The three partners plan to establish ...

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    Etihad Rail takes delivery of EMD locomotives


    UAE: The first two of seven SD70ACS locomotives which Electro-Motive Diesel is supplying for the initial phase of the national rail network have been unloaded at Mussafah Port in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Rail announced on April 10. The heavy freight locomotives are to be moved to Mirfa in the Western ...

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    Eilat alignment approved


    ISRAEL: The National Council for Planning & Construction approved the full 260 km alignment for the proposed Eilat line on March 5, enabling detailed design to begin and costs and timescales to be finalised. This followed the Southern District Committee for Planning & Building’s approval for the Dimona – Hatzeva ...

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    Etihad Rail secures US$1·28bn funding package


    UAE: A five-year loan worth US$1·28bn has been secured to finance the first phase of the national railway network, project promoter Etihad Rail announced on February 26. The loan is being financed on a club deal basis by National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Abu Dhabi ...

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    Saudi Landbridge consultancy contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Public Investment Fund has awarded Fluor Corp a 270m riyal contract to provide consultancy services for the Saudi Landbridge project. Under the 84-month contract Fluor is to review engineering designs for the railway in conjunction with Parsons Brinckerhoff, and will define implementation strategies and be responsible for ...

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    Consultants appointed in Oman


    OMAN: Consultants have been appointed to undertake a study into the feasibility of building a 200 km freight railway between the port of Suhar and a planned container terminal at Birka to the north of the capital Masqat. Minister of National Economy Ahmed Macki told the local media on April ...

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    Israeli expansion continues


    ISRAEL: On January 2 Israel Railways marked the start of construction of Ofakim station on the new direct line between Ashkelon and Beer-Sheva. Participating in the stone-laying ceremony were Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz, ISR General Manager Ofer Linchevsky and Mayor of Ofakim Avi Asraf. Costed at US$400m, the 63 km ...