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TIN news:     Etihad Rail is awaiting regulatory approvals for the commercial launch of the 264km stage one of its federal railway network in the UAE.
 
The network is part of a three-stage project to transport bulk and non-bulk materials from production hubs to export and import points.
 
Stage one has been under test operations since 2013.
 
In the past 12 months, the line transported more than two million tonnes of granulated sulphur from two plants in Shah and Habshan in western Abu Dhabi to the terminals in Ruwais port.
 
The rail operator ERDB expects to transport more sulphur in 2016 with the line beginning its commercial operations.
"We will continue to build on this success as we move towards our target of transporting more than seven million tonnes of sulphur every year once we enter into full commercial operations."
 
Etihad Rail CEO Faris Saif Al Mazrouei said: "Transporting more than two million tonnes of sulphur in the past year during our testing and commissioning and trial operations phases is a very proud achievement for Etihad Rail, our operating partner, ERDB, and the UAE.
 
"Going forward, we will continue to build on this success as we move towards our target of transporting more than seven million tonnes of sulphur every year once we enter into full commercial operations."
 
The sulphur was transported under an operational and maintenance agreement signed with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
 
Etihad Rail said it is in advanced talks with other prospective partners, including DP World, ESI and Arkan.
 
The 1,200km Etihad Rail project is a part of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Railway Network, linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia through Ghweifat in the west and Oman through Al Ain in the east.
 
Stage two of the project will connect Mussafah, Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali port and extend to the Saudi and Omani borders.

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