A project management consultancy (PMC) contract has been awarded for Stages 2 and 3 of Etihad Rail.
French group Egis will work with the project's eponymous developer, Etihad Rail, on the project.
The project's current network of 264km will be expanded between now and 2024. Stage 2 will be expanded by more than 600km, while Stage 3 will see a 250km extension.
Egis's team will join the project ownership unit to oversee and supervise various stakeholders, including the engineering consultant responsible for preliminary design and construction supervision; the design and build (D&B) contractors, once they are appointed; and other third parties.
The Etihad Rail network is a combination of freight and passenger lines which extends across 1,000km and has nearly 40 railway facilities, including logistics sites for freight, passenger stations, stabling and maintenance depots.
Upon completion in 2024, the network will link Saudi Arabia to the UAE and Oman.
In a statement, Egis said the Etihad Rail PMC contract is part of its programme to further develop in the Middle East, “and more particularly in the UAE”.
Egis’s previous guided transportation projects in the region include the Bluewaters Ground Rapid Transit System, for which it delivered design engineering services. The company also handled the construction of the scalable capacity autonomous shuttle network.