Al Futtaim lands UAE railway deal

Al-Futtaim Engineering will provide HVAC to Etihad Rail project.

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Etihad Rail's first locomotive being delivered in April this year
Etihad Rail's first locomotive being delivered in April this year

Al-Futtaim Engineering has been awarded the contract to provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) works for the Etihad Rail project.

Al-Futtaim Engineering’s MEP division was awarded the contract by SaipemS.p.A, which is the main contractor for the project.

The multi-million dirham project will see the Al-Futtaim group company provide HVAC works for depots, track and line side alignment facilities at Mirfah in Abu Dhabi.

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“We are extremely honored to be awarded this prestigious contract,” said Murali S., Acting Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Engineering. “Once complete the rail project is expected to significantly boost the economy and we are proud to participate in the development of the country."

He said: “The Etihad Rail contract underlines Al-Futtaim Engineering’s expertise in major infrastructure projects in the country after having previously successfully delivered the Dubai Metro project and presently executing the Dubai Tram Project.”

Phase one of the project connects the Shah oil and gas field with the port of Ruwais. The railway set to open next year will move sulphur from the Shah sour gas. Etihad Rail expects the 264km of rail to be operational before the year is out.

The second phase will extend along the coast, linking the main cities to the border with Saudi Arabia.

Phase two is divided into several packages for the various stretches of rail, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

Etihad Rail's third phase will run to the Omani border, as well as connecting the oil and gas logistics hub of Fujairah with the rest of the country.

The target date for completion is of the network is 2018. It will have a total of 1,200km of track and cost  $10.9bn (AED: 40bn) to build.

Headquartered in Dubai, Al-Futtaim Engineering’s MEP division has worked on major projects including the Dubai Metro, IKEA-Yas Mall, Avenue development, IKEA- Doha , IKEA, Cairo amongst others.

Al-Futtaim Engineering is a multi-disciplinary engineering organisation operating across UAE, Qatar, Saudi, and Egypt with over 30 years of successful operations. The Al-Futtaim group company provides total solutions to the building Industry through its proven expertise in MEP, facility management, elevators & escalators, air-conditioning, building products and scaffolding & formwork. 

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