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The agreement was signed by Eng. Shadi Malak and Hazeem Sultan Al Suwaidi, in the presence of Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei. Image Credit: Twitter/Abu Dhabi Media office

UAE rail network developer Etihad Rail and petrochemical company Borouge have entered into an agreement to transport 1.3 million tonnes of Borouge’s polyolefins annually from its complex in Al Ruways Industrial City via rail for export to customers.

The partnership supports the national In-Country Value programme, with 88 per cent of the value flowing back into the local economy, boosting economic diversification and growth.

It also includes the development of a rail freight terminal in Al Ruways Industrial City, extending over an area of more than 1 million sqm, where the terminal will handle loading and unloading, as well as storage and maintenance of shipping containers. By using rail, the time required to transport Borouge’s products will be reduced to four hours compared to 12 hours via other modes of transport.

The signing was witnessed by Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, along with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Managing Director and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Chairman of Borouge; and Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

The agreement was signed by Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail, and Hazeem Sultan Al Suwaidi, CEO of Borouge.

“This strategic partnership comes in line with Etihad Rail’s efforts to provide logistics solutions to some of the country’s largest companies, where they can transport goods through the rail network at reduced costs and time. In doing so, Etihad Rail also contributes to reducing carbon emissions, in line with the objectives of the UAE,” Theyab bin Mohamed said.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber added: “This important collaboration between Borouge and Etihad Rail contributes to the growth of Abu Dhabi’s industrial sector and will support Borouge’s ongoing drive to optimize its logistics platform, lowering both its operating costs and carbon emissions.”

The new rail freight terminal is part of a series of terminals being developed by Etihad Rail, which are located in Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD), Khalifa Port, Dubai Industrial City, Jebel Ali Port, Al Ghail, and Fujairah Port. The network will form the cornerstone of the UAE’s distribution and logistical services both locally and regionally, with its customs warehouses, and cargo and goods inspection services.