Abu Dhabi Ports and Etihad Rail recently reached an agreement to connect Khalifa Port to the emerging national railway network. A new rail terminal will be built at Khalifa Port and this is expected to be the largest of its kind within the UAE, with a capacity to handle around 2.4 million containers annually.
Abu Dhabi Ports believes the agreement will provide its customers with various benefits, including both time and cost savings. Khalifa Port’s total handling capacity will increase to 9.1 million teu per annum over the next five years and the rail link will reduce the amount of container traffic moving to and from the port by road.
As the result of the planned investment, the Etihad Rail network will extend 605 km from Ghuwaifat on the UAE’s border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast, and will pass through Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali and Khor Fakkan.
Stage One of the project which includes 264 km of railway line, was delivered and became fully operational in 2016, and connects the Shah and Habshan gas fields in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi to the port of Ruwais on the Arabian Gulf. This line has the capacity to move 22,000 tons of sulphur granules daily.