According to MEED Projects, firms that have sought to prequalify for the contract so far include:
- Acciona Group (Spain)
- Arabtec Construction (local)
- Dodsal Engineering (local)
- China Railway Construction Corporation (China)
- Ghantoot Group (local)
- Orascom Construction
- Salini Impregilo (Italy)
- Six Construct (Belgium/local)
- Tata Projects (India)
MEED understands the work for which the client is seeking to prequalify bidders is for the four remaining packages – B, C, D and F – of Etihad railway’s stage 2.
The bidding process for package A is now under way.
The two stages of the railway network are expected to extend the existing 264km track by 600km in stage 2 and 250km in stage 3.
The 1,200km Etihad railway is expected to connect to the Saudi rail network and Oman to form a major segment of the GCC railway network by 2024.
Etihad Rail previously tendered and cancelled construction work for stage 2 of the railway.