DP World close to selecting rail consultant

30 April 2013

Port operator seeks advice to set up terminal that will connect with federal railway

DP World is close to selecting an international consultant to help the port operator develop a rail terminal within Jebel Ali port in Dubai.

The contract is currently out on tender and a decision is expected soon, according to a source.

The terminal is needed to connect with the planned Etihad Railway federal network, which will link Jebel Ali port to a number of other key cities and industrial areas within the UAE.

DP World has already selected a potential plot of land for the terminal close to the port’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, which is currently being expanded.

Etihad Rail, the developer of the national railway, and DP World signed a preliminary agreement in May last year, outlining the plans for the rail terminal. At the time of signing, it was envisaged the rail terminal would have a capacity of 5 million 20-foot equivalent units per year.

The Etihad Rail connection to Jebel Ali port is part of phase 2 of the railway project. Construction of phase one is already nearing completion this year, while bids for phase 2 contracts are still being assessed.

Jebel Ali’s role as a regional hub and gateway for cargo into the Middle East and African markets will be further cemented once the rail terminal and Etihad Railway network is complete.

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