Two trains move along the Stage One network daily under the current timetable, each carrying up to 11,000 tonnes of granulated sulfur. To date, the monthly average tonnage of sulfur transported stands at 410,000 tonnes, with the seven million tonnes mark having been surpassed at the end of August 2016.
UAE logistics expansion
Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO, Etihad Rail, said: “Stage One’s continued progress underpins our vision to create significant benefits to the UAE through a faster, safer and more reliable alternative transport system. Transporting high volumes of sulfur per year is only the beginning of our efforts to expand the UAE’s logistics capabilities when transferring goods and raw materials from their source points to their final destinations.”
Stretching a distance of 264 km, Stage One links the sulfur sources of Shah and Habshan to the export point of Ruwais via the Mirfa depot. Built to international standards, Stage One utilises seven state-of-the-art locomotives from US-based Electro-Motive Diesel, with wagons supplied by China’s CSR Corporation.