ETIHAD Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway, has awarded Hitachi Rail STS a Dirhams 1.6bn ($US 436m) systems and integration contract for stage two of the network.
TEHRAN UIC RAME: The contract was signed by Etihad Rail’s CEO, Mr Shadi Malak, and the CEO of Hitachi Rail STS, Mr Christian Andy while in the presence of Japan’s ambassador to the UAE, Mr Akihiko Nakajima, and Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi executive council and chairman of Etihad Rail.
The contract will see Hitachi Rail responsible for the design and installation of railway subsystems, in coordination with other stage two works and contracts, as well as managing operation tests.
Etihad Rail’s locomotives will be equipped with ETCS Level 2, which will allow trains to move across GCC country borders without stopping.
The network will be fitted with communications systems and control centres with the main centre in Faya and another in Mirfa. The centres will be able to locate, control and stop trains if necessary.
The operations centre will also include a crisis management unit able to communicate with all concerned parties across the UAE.