Etihad Rail transporting sulphur for ADNOC
Two tonnes of sulphur has been transported over the last 12 months
Etihad Rail has transported than two-million tonnes of sulphur during the past 12 months on behalf of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Trials conducted by Etihad Rail’s operating partner, ERDB, “are now running on a daily basis”.
Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO of Etihad Rail, said: “Transporting more than two-million tonnes of sulphur in the past year during our testing and commissioning and trail operations phases is a very proud achievement for Etihad Rail, our operating partner, ERDB, and the UAE as a whole, as it clearly demonstrates Etihad Rail’s unique value proposition as a reliable, safe, and environmentally friendly mode of transport.
“Our success to date would not have been possible without the tremendous support of our customer and partner, ADNOC. 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,” he added.
Trials have been running on a daily basis since the completion of the 264km Stage One route last year. Full commercial operations are expected to start shortly, once Etihad Rail is granted its regulatory approvals. In turn, the volume of sulphur transported by rail is likely to increase significantly from 2016 onwards.
The sulphur-related figures offer insight into the significant economic and environmental benefits that the federal railway network will bring to the UAE, according to Etihad Rail. Its trains have replaced more than 66,000 truck trips from the western region of Abu Dhabi during the past 12 months.