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GCC - Railway Network - Kuwait - Project Profile

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (also known as The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (AGCC)) is undertaking the longest railway network connecting six GCC countries of the Middle East region.

The project involves the construction of a 2,117km rail line covering the coast of Gulf and extending from Oman to Kuwait, passing through the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The rail line will start from Kuwait and go all the way towards Dammam city in Saudi Arabia, where it will bifurcate into three lines - one to Manama in Bahrain, another to Doha in Qatar and a third to Abu-Dhabi and Al-Ain in the UAE and the Muscat in Oman.

The project length comprises 145km railway line in Kuwait, 36km in Bahrain, 283km in Qatar, 306km in Oman, 684km from the total 1,200km of Etihad Rail being constructed by Abu Dhabi and 663km in Saudi Arabia.

The project also includes the construction of passenger stations, cargo terminals, rail over bridges (ROB) and other infrastructure facilities, and the installation of electrical equipment and safety systems.

In 2004, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Global Investment House together carried out the preliminary study.

In February 2007, a consortium of Systra, Khatib, and Alami, and Conrail was appointed for the feasibility study. The scope of work covers extrapolation of topographical and statistical data, route alignment works, port integration, financing and development options, the creation of a legal model and passenger and freight configuration.

In October 2008, the initial project feasibility study was approved.

In February 2009, Systra was awarded a study contract of Oman's section of the railway (from the port of Sohar to the capital Muscat). The study work was completed in May 2009.

Hyder Consulting (which was taken over by Arcadis NV in 2014) was appointed to undertake the engineering design work.

In September 2011, the government of Saudi Arabia approved the request from the Transport Ministry to prepare engineering blueprint for the railway and follow up implementation of the project.

In December 2015, the construction works on the Etihad Rail's first phase commenced after getting approval from the Federal Transport Authority.

In January 2016, the first phase of the Etihad Rail project was completed and connected with the Saudi and Oman borders, while the second phase was kept on hold by suspending the tender stage as GCC reviewed the project investment and the deadline was pushed back to 2021 from 2018.

The six countries are developing the larger sections of the project internally. However, the overall connectivity plans are under design stage.

As of April 2018, the UAE is in the process of issuing tenders to appoint the project management and engineering consultants to update the design of the second stage of the Etihad railway line, which will follow another tender process to appoint the construction contractor for the same; Saudi Arabia completed its design stage for the 200km connectivity railway line and is currently working to link it to the project, while Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait were designing their portions; However, the study works for the Oman portion is underway to determine the number of materials available in the region and ensure the rail line is economically feasible.

The transport ministries of the GCC, states that the linking of Oman with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar is scheduled to be completed by December 2021 and Kuwait and Bahrain will be joining the network by December 2023.

The project involves the construction of a 2,117km rail line covering the coast of the Gulf and extending from Oman to Kuwait, passing through UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The US$15,400 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of 145km railway line in Kuwait

2. Construction of a 36km railway line in Bahrain

3. Construction of a 283km railway line in Qatar

4. Construction of a 306km railway line in Oman

5. Construction of a 684km railway line in UAE

6. Construction of a 663km railway line in Saudi Arabia

7. Construction of rail over bridges

8. Construction of passenger stations

9. Construction of cargo terminals

10. Installation of signaling systems

11. Laying of transmission lines

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