A joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East) and South Korea’s SK Engineering and Construction (SK E&C) has secured a contract for Package A of Etihad Rail in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi Executive Council member and Etihad Rail chairman Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Etihad Rail CEO Shadi Malak, CSCEC ME president and CEO Yu Tao, SK E&C vice president Hyuntae Nam, as well as other officials were present at the signing of the contract.
The scope of work includes design and build, civil and track works for Package A, which is valued at AED1.5bn (approximately $ 410m).
The 139km route will consist of a standard-gauge double-track route running west to connect Ruwais with Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia.
The focus of Package A includes earthworks, bridges, tunnels, animal crossings, track-laying, and links to Stage 1 of Etihad Rail.
Package A will require 1.3 million tonnes of ballast, more than 400,000 concrete sleepers and 33,000 tonnes of rail.
CSCEC ME said that winning the award indicates that the company’s comprehensive capability in the UAE’s infrastructure construction industry has been recognised by the UAE’s local and federal government authorities.
It said that the award of the contract is also a major milestone for the company to upgrade its future business model to promote the One Belt One Road Initiative.
CSCEC ME has also signed a letter of award (LOA) from Emaar Development for Opera District B1/B2a Advance Basement Project worth about AED170m (approximately $46m).
The scope of work includes structural works, finishing works and MEP works.
Currently, the Chinese construction company has six projects and eight buildings with height beyond 200m in Dubai’s commercial circle of radius 3km to Burj Khalifa, which reflects CSCEC ME’s market recognition and indicates that it has laid the foundation of expanding high-end market share for the company.
Image: CSCEC and SK E&C officials signing a contract for Package A of Etihad Rail in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Courtesy of China State Construction Engineering Corporation ME.