SAR has Completed Mining Railway Link Construction
The Saudi Railway Company (SAR) of Saudi Arabia has completed a SAR63bn ($16.79bn) 1,392km-long railway line linking mines in the country’s northern areas to Ras Al-Zour Seaport on the Persian Gulf.
The rail link will transport 10Mtpa – 30,000t per day -of mineral ores and other materials from the mine-packed boulders area of the northern border and mine Baitp in the Qassim region to the city of Ras Al-Zour.
The railway line links the phosphate mines in Hazm Al-Jalameed in the northern border province to the manufacturing area in Raz Al-Zour, passing through Jouf, Hail, Qassim and into the eastern province.
SAR has started experimental operation of the line with the first shipment of phosphate from the mines of the Saudi Mining Company to Ras Al-Zour.
Construction of the project started in 2006 and project includes 71 bridges and 912 crossings on the 1,392km track.
SAR is currently carrying out work on passenger and goods lines extending from Riyadh to the Jordan borders, passing through Qassim, Hail, Jouf and Qurayat, which is expected to be completed by 2014.