BRI: China's CCECC completes the Middle East's longest railway tunnel in the UAE

The 1.8-kilometre long T1 tunnel is part of the second stage of Etihad Railway

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers are seen at the construction site of the new Weinbergtunnel railway tunnel for Swiss rail operator SBB in Zurich November 26, 2013.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers are seen at the construction site of the new Weinbergtunnel railway tunnel for Swiss rail operator SBB in Zurich November 26, 2013.

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(Corrections  - In the 6th paragraph, length of Package D corrected from 132 to 145 kilometres; In the 7th paragraph, number of tunnels corrected from 15 to 9, and their total length corrected from 16 to 6.9 km; number of bridges from 35 to 54; underpasses [animal crossings] from 32 to 20)  

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has completed the Middle East's longest railway tunnel project in the UAE. 

In a Chinese language press statement posted on its website, CCECC said it completed the 1.8-kilometre long T1 Tunnel, which forms part of second stage of Etihad Railway, the UAE's national railway network on 19 July. T1 is part of Package D of Stage Two of the national railway project. 

The statement said the tunnel, located in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, is longest tunnel of the UAE national railway and the longest high-speed heavy-duty railway tunnel in the Middle East. 

Majority of the alignment of Package D passes through the Hajar Mountains. 

The 605-kilometre Stage Two of Etihad Railway is divided into four packages - A, B, C & D - and extends from Al Ghuweifat on the UAE’s border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah in the eastern coast. 

In December 2019, Etihad Rail had announced the award of a 4.6 billion UAE dirham contract for the145-kilometre Package D, which will link the ports of Fujairah and Khorfakkan to the railway network at the Dubai-Sharjah border, to a joint venture of CRCC and Abu Dhabi's National Projects and Construction (NPC).  

Package D includes the construction of 9 tunnels through the Hajar Mountains with a total length of 6.9 kilometres, in addition to the construction of 54 bridges and 20 underpasses. 

On Wednesday, Etihad Rail tweeted that on-ground teams have laid and delivered 4km of track for two consecutive days across Dubai. The contract is being executed by a joint venture of China Railway Construction Corporation and Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting Company. 

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(Writing by SA Kader; Editing by Anoop Menon) 

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com

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