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Old October 12th, 2010, 07:03 AM   #81
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North South railway to link GCC with Europe
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The North South railway project currently under construction in Saudi Arabia will be a key component in a regional rail network linking the GCC with Europe via Turkey.

Mr Jabara Al Seraisry transport minister of Saudi Arabia said that the service would play a significant role in expanding international trade and investment opportunities.

Mr Al Seraisry said that the North South railway will start from our border with Jordan, connecting a number of cities in the Kingdom to Riyadh and linking up to the existing railway to Dammam.

He said that Syria and Jordan also have a rail network connected to Turkey which in turn is constructing a railway to Europe. This means that we can connect the Kingdom to Europe via these countries. Once the link is established importing and exporting steel to Europe will not only become cheaper but logistically simpler.
http://www.steelguru.com/middle_east...pe/169290.html
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Old October 12th, 2010, 07:04 AM   #82
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Investment Mounts in Saudi Arabia’s Infrastructure Industry
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Dubai, Dubai -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/11/2010 -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is in the spotlight for mega infrastructure projects. Research reports state that the Kingdom is investing heavily to the tune of SAR 1,496 billion (US$ 400 billion) to upgrade its infrastructure over a five-year period until 2013 . The region is placing top most priority on infrastructure development across industries such as power, transportation, education, retail, real estate and oil and gas among others.

There was a slew of project announcements in 2009 and many of these projects are now under way. Some of the mega projects are the Riyadh Power Plant; expansion of the Rabigh Power Plant; the Ras Al Zour water and power plant; the Haramain High Speed Railway linking Jeddah with Mecca and Medina and the expansion of King Khaled International Airport and Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah.

Citing a few examples, the construction industry alone has been forecasted to grow by 5.89 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2010 to reach a nominal value of SAR 82.64 billion (US$ 22.07 billion). The Red Sea Gateway Terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port will witness an investment of SAR 1,908 million (US$ 510 million) and the much-awaited privately-owned airport, which will replace the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Madinah, is estimated to cost SAR seven to eight billion (US$1.87-2.13 billion).

Responding to the growth in the Kingdom, the first Saudi Arabian Infrastructure Congress 2010 will provide the requisite platform for delegates across the region to interact with key government developers and clinch deals. The Congress is scheduled to be held from October 23rd – 25th, 2010, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The Congress will witness an attendance of around 40 percent of delegates from Saudi and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Senior government organizations such as the Ministry of Water and Electricity, Saudi Electricity Company and Saudi Railway Company among others will provide critical industry insights at the event which will also feature essential updates on high profile projects.
http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/sbwire-59256.htm
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Old October 12th, 2010, 07:05 AM   #83
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India eyes railway business in Saudi Arabia
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RIYADH: India, which has the world’s fourth largest railway network, is planning to enter the Kingdom with the operation of a major mineral railway that will link the northern Jalamid region with Ras Azzour, near the industrial port city of Jubail.

“India’s ties in the railway sector, or for that matter in almost all sectors, especially in politics and the economy, are progressively growing,” said E. Ahamed, India's minister of state for railways, in Riyadh Sunday night.

Ahamed was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a community reception hosted by Al-Huda Group, which operates several Indian schools in Saudi Arabia. T. P. Mohammed, Al-Huda Group’s managing director, and Mohammed Musthafa, principal of the Riyadh-based Al-Huda International School, addressed the audience on this occasion, while giving a brief of the minister’s work and achievements through the years.

Ahamed, who answered several questions from community members at the well-attended “Meet Your Minister” reception, said relevant Indian ministries, agencies and embassy officials had been in touch with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to solve labor-related issues. To this end, he appreciated the efforts of his colleague Vayalar Ravi, minister of overseas affairs, who visited the Kingdom recently and had “very important” talks with senior officials of the Labor Ministry on diverse issues affecting Indian workers.

Referring to the Saudi-India cooperation in the railway sector, he said that that some projects were “being identified, while some are in the pipeline”.

He added that it was too early to say more about the projects in which Indian Railways will be involved in. But, India's state-owned Rites Company, he said, will be involved in the operation of the new 1,486-kilometre North-South railway. The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) and Rites signed a SR278 million agreement earlier.

Rites, an Indian government's enterprise, will help operate the railway, which is used for the transportation of phosphate and bauxite to Ras Azzour near Jubail.

Once operational, this railway link would make Saudi Arabia a leading supplier of phosphate and bauxite, according to a report published recently. Passenger traffic on the route would start in 2013 with trains passing through Riyadh, Sudair, Qassim, Hail and Al-Jouf, said the report.

Asked about the possibility of opening small offices in Saudi cities to make railway tickets available for Gulf passengers, in light of complaints that Indian Railways is not accepting credit cards when issuing tickets online, Ahamed assured that he would look into this problem.

To this end, he noted that Indian Railways was in the process of installing automated ticket vending machines (ATVMs) in India. He, however, could not provide details of the ATVM project. The plan is to install some 40,000 ATVMs in the first phase, slated to be initiated by the end of the year, said the report.

Indian Railways and related organizations like Rites have over 600 ongoing projects in India, besides some 30 projects overseas. Indian Railways has at least 64,000 kilometers of track and almost 7,000 stations across the length and breath of India. It has the world's fourth largest railway network after the United States, Russia and China. Indian Railways traverse the length and breadth of India and carry over 20 million passengers and two million tons of freight daily. It is one of the world's largest commercial or utility employers, with more than 1.6 million employees.
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Old October 13th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #84
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Ottoman Turks made railways over 100 years ago in arabia and it took all this time for Middleast to catch up and there is no railway between Damascus/Jerusalam and Mecca/Madina
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The israelis already have plans to extend their currently u/c railway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem further west to Amman. However, given the political situation in the region it is questionable when we'll really see an integrated rail network in the Near East.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 12:27 AM   #86
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Ottoman Turks made railways over 100 years ago in arabia and it took all this time for Middleast to catch up and there is no railway between Damascus/Jerusalam and Mecca/Madina
Well, actually Germans did..
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Old October 15th, 2010, 06:36 AM   #87
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Saudi deports striking Chinese rail builders: report (AFP)

Saudi authorities are deporting 16 Chinese workers on a light railway project in the Muslim holy city of Mecca after they led a protest for higher wages, Saudi media said on Thursday.

The 16 were arrested on Tuesday after a strike by Chinese workers over pay and conditions that saw several vehicles damaged, the Al-Watan newspaper reported citing a Mecca police spokesman.

Earlier reports said workers on the project were frustrated by low pay, non-payment of wages and the high temperatures they endure working in the desert kingdom.

Several hundred Chinese workers were brought in by a consortium led by China Railway Corp for the planned 1.8 billion dollar rapid transport system to serve pilgrims visiting the Muslim holy places.

The monorail will link Mecca with the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah, which are visited by massive tides of pilgrims during the annual hajj.

Begun in early 2009, the project is scheduled to be partially in operation in time for this year's hajj, which begins around November 14.

There has been criticism of the carriages the consortium intends to use on the monorail but Al-Watan reported that it had been rejected by the Chinese.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 01:03 AM   #88
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Well, actually Germans did..
by the same theory its chinese now
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Old October 24th, 2010, 04:18 AM   #89
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No new railways (other than the line linking Riyadh with Dammam) were built in the peninsula since the Ottomans was because there was no demand.

The North South Railway would not be built if it wasn't for the Ma'aden mining projects that supports it's business case. The other projects have marginal business cases in their own right but support social and economic development goals. Otherwise they'd never be built.

As for who's building them, there are lots of contractors from different countries (including local) involved. It's not just Chinese. Different package, different contractor.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 11:12 AM   #90
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SHANGHAI — Shares in China Railway Construction slumped Tuesday after it said it expects to lose 4.2 billion yuan (623 million dollars) in unforeseen costs on a rail line for Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

Shanghai-listed shares of the construction contractor fell 5.4 percent to 7.58 yuan while its Hong Kong-listed shares dropped 12.3 percent to 9.79 Hong Kong dollars (1.5 US dollars) in mid-morning trading.

The company signed a contract worth 12.1 billion yuan in February 2009 with the Saudi government to construct the Al-Mashaaer Al-Mugaddassah metro light rail, according to a statement filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
I was under the impression that Chinese government compensated for underbid foreign HSR construction contracts, no?
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Old October 27th, 2010, 09:03 PM   #91
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It's not an HSR, it's a heavy metro line.

Regarding the loss, this is how I read it:

It's clear that CRCC bid very aggressively for the project, and that their cost control is lacking.

But there are other contributing factors. The project was done in a hurry and on a very tight schedule. Changing requirements, coordination issues, and on the ground obstacles meant that there were lots of change orders and a late push to get things finished on time (extra men and equipment). It was bound to overrun in cost.

It looks worse than it is though because they've had to recognise the extra costs on this year's account, while because the change orders haven't been approved yet, they couldn't accrue them. But they will get paid. Politically I don't see the ministry haggling too much.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 01:48 PM   #93
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Salams & Eid Mubarak

Here is news of the Mashaeer Project by Al Jazeera English;

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AlJazeeraEnglish | 13 November 2010



Millions of Muslims from around the world are making their way to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Transporting these pilgrims has been a very daunting logistical task.

Saudi Arabia introduced the Meshair railway system to beat the congestion at the Hajj. Operating at 35 per cent capacity for now, the train line will service the sites of Mina, Muzdalifa and Arafat - indispensable to the pilgrimage - but it will not be going to Mecca.

For the immediate future, only Saudis and other Gulf country nationals can use the train. For those who can afford it, the weeklong Hajj ticket will cost just under $70.

The hundreds of thousands of other Muslims, who make up the bulk of pilgrims, will still have to contend with the rush hour by bus, by car, or by foot.

Al Jazeera's Imran Garda reports from Mecca.
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China Railway Construction Gives Mecca Project to Controller
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HONG KONG, Jan 24, 2011 (SinoCast Daily Business Beat via COMTEX) --

China Railway Construction Corp., Ltd. (SHSE: 601186, SEHK: 1186) lately announced that it signed an agreement with its controlling shareholder, turning the Mecca light rail project over to the latter.

The dual-listed company explained that it was in order to better boot the implementation of the project in Saudi Arabia, make sure that the project could be completed smoothly, and more properly deal with the compensation claim issue.

The project successfully completed the pilgrimage operation in November 11, 2011. In spite of that, it is expected to bring losses of CNY 4.2 billion to the company due to unforeseen costs.

As early as February 2009, China Railway Construction signed a contract worth CNY 12.1 billion with the Saudi government to construct the Al-Mashaaer Al-Mugaddassah metro light rail.

However, the project is incurring huge losses because the amount of actual work has significantly outnumbered estimates which were made when the contract was signed, according to earlier reports. The Chinese side has started asking for compensation, they added.

In recent years, China has made great achievements in the railway construction, and attracted more attention in the global market.

Domestically, it will go on boosting railway construction. It plans to invest as much as CNY 700 billion in railway infrastructure construction projects in the entire 2011.

The move will bring a batch of opportunities to players in the railway industry, said Liu Zhijun, minister for the Ministry of Railways (MOR), earlier on January 4.

To be specific, China will build 7,935 kilometers of new-tracking railways and rebuild 6,211 kilometers of double-tracking railways.

Moreover, it will put 7,901 kilometers of new tracks and 6,861 kilometers of double tracks into operation this year, giving a big leg up to the transportation increase nationwide.

In addition, China will put 4,715 kilometers of high-speed rail into service, making the rail launched to 13,000 kilometers for the deployment of a widely covered railway network.

China will complete construction of the Shenzhen-Guangzhou section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link at the end of this year at the latest.

China aims to form an extensive railway network by 2015, with the length of railway coming into operation adding up to more than 120,000 kilometers, according to Mr. Liu.

But foreign companies engaged in supporting industries will benefit more from the industry than domestic rivals, worried industry insiders, noting that Chinese companies are still weak in providing supporting high-end equipment, particularly those for high-speed railways.
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/s...r-1440006.html
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Roundup: Arab railway network gains momentum after Arab Economic Summit
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CAIRO, Jan 23, 2011 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- by Feng Kang, Zhou Tongtong The pan-Arab railway network plan is gaining momentum after Arab leaders gathered at the second Arab Economic Summit held in Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh on Wednesday to push forward regional economic integration.

The railway network will link all member states of the 22- member Arab League except Comoros, and connect the vast area from Persian Gulf to North Africa.

This network can be further linked with some other regional neighbors in Asia, Africa and Europe in the future and become a crucial part of the world railway network, given the strategic geographic position of the Middle East.

REQUIREMENT OF INTER-ARAB TRADE The earliest railway was build by Western colonial powers between the end of the 19th Century and the Second World War, and most of them remain the truck lines at present. These railways are too old to meet the demand of transport and economic development in Arab countries.

Over 80 percent of transport and trade among Arab countries is carried out by road, Mawahab Khalaf, head of the transportation and tourism department of the Arab League, said in an interview with Xinhua on the sideline of the second Arab Economic Summit, stressing the transport efficiency of road is much less than railway in long distance transportation.

Railway is more suitable than road for inter-Arab regional transportation, Khalaf said, because the Arab world has a vast territory covering West Asia and North Africa, and railway has the advantage of low cost, energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.

The railway transportation has been enhanced in the past decades with new technology and will provide strong support for economic development and create jobs for young people.

PLAN READY FOR IMPLEMENTATION Huge infrastructure linkage projects have been emerged in almost every region around the world in the new century, and are regarded by many countries as a way to enhance regional cooperation. Now it comes to the Arab region.

A long-term development plan was launched at the first Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit held in Kuwait 2009, which envisaged the linkage of infrastructure in the whole Arab region as an indispensable aspect for regional integration, including railway, maritime transport, grid and communication.

Despite impact of the global financial crisis, the slow implementation of these development projects has draw criticism.

Arab leaders reaffirmed their willingness to speed up infrastructure construction with railway network a priority.

Khalaf told Xinhua that the total planned mileage of the pan- Arab railway network by far reached 33,000 kilometers, and the whole network contains 11 east-west lines and seven north-south lines.

The construction will be accomplished in around 20 years under a unified technological and construction system with international standards. All those railways not in line with the standards will be rebuilt.

According to a report submitted by the Arab League Council of Economic and Social Affairs to the second economic summit on the implementation of railway linkage, most Arab countries have started technological study and planning on their railway building and connecting with neighboring countries. In some countries, the construction already began.

Maghreb countries in North Africa have decided to link their railways together by building new lines with world level speed.

Egypt is also studying extending its railway from Aswan to Sudan.

While in western Asia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria are ready to expand their own railway and connect with their neighbors.

Those without any railway in their territory, such as Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen, are also going to create their own railway in the coming several years.

Arab countries are no longer satisfied with ordinary railway, but interested in advanced high-speed railway. Over 2,000 kilometers of high-speed railway will be built to connect capitals of Maghreb countries. Saudi Arabia decided to build high-speed railway linking the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Egypt is also mulling the Cairo-Alexandria high-speed railway.

INTERNATIONAL FIRM ATTRACTED The pan-Arab railway network, an old Arab dream as Egyptian local media called it, is still at the start-up period now. Only 12 countries possess a domestic railway network ready for linkage with neighboring countries.

With the implementation of the railway plan, the Arab region is becoming one of the biggest markets of railway construction, which means huge potential market opportunity for international construction companies and equipment suppliers.

Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Rashid Mohamed Rashid told Xinhua that the railway network welcomes international firms, including Chinese firms, to join in the construction.

After the Arab League decides on the priority of the railway projects, construction contracts will be determined through international bidding, Khalaf said.
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SAUDI ARABIA: Contracts have been signed for construction of four of the five stations for the Haramain High Speed Rail project, Saudi Railways Organization announced on February 16.

The contracts form Package 2 of Phase 1 of the HHR project. Saudi Bin Laden Group is to build the stations at Makkah (3·18bn riyal) and Madinah (21·56bn riyal), while Saudi Oger will be responsible for Jeddah (2·90bn riyal) and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh (1·75bn riyal).

Engineering designs have been prepared by Foster + Partners and Buro Happold. According to SRO, the stations will be 'to the highest international standards and specifications', with 'aesthetically iconic' designs which take into account Islamic architectural traditions. The stations in Makkah and Madinah will be 'consistent with the religious dimension' of the holy cities.

In addition to arrival and departure concourses, shops, restaurants and cafes, the stations will feature mosques accommodating more than 600 people, civil defences stations, short and long term car parking, a helipad and VIP lounges. Connections to local public transport will include pedestrian links to proposed light rail services.

A fifth station is planned at King Abdul Aziz international airport in Jeddah.
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SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Organisation has awarded SAAd Al Mobty & Partners a 659m riyal contract for construction of a bypass to move its existing railway away from the centre of Hofuf, which is a key junction on the SRO main line between Dammam and Riyadh.

Realignment of the railway is expected to permit the introduction of 200 km/h operation for passenger services as well as reducing conflicts with urban development.

SRO is also reported to be negotiating an agreement with Bechtel to supervise work on the long-planned coastal extension from Dammam to the industrial city of Jubail, which will require the construction of 195 route-km in total. Tendering for this project is expected to begin during April.
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SAUDI ARABIA: Arcadis is currently supporting the Saudi government's Railways Commission as it moves from the set-up phase to full operation. According to Arcadis Safety & Risk Director Stef Scannali, the process involves an extensive transfer of skills and knowledge, which draws on Arcadis staff's global experience of safety-critical industries, including the transport, energy and nuclear sectors.

The Railways Commission has been established to provide a national rail regulatory body as the passenger and freight rail network expands and metro and light rail projects are developed in the major cities. Initially based in Dammam, it will issue operating licenses and safety certificates, grant and monitor concession agreements, regulate the complaints procedure and publish key performance data.

Over the past two years Arcadis has assisted with the development of the complex organisational structure required, along with job descriptions and operating procedures. The government has recently approved the Commission's structure, and specialist risk consultants from Arcadis are now providing mentoring and advice on best international practice to its staff to enable them to take the organisation forward independently.
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