Saudi Rail Organisation to redevelop Riyadh’s inland port

riyadh port-Marcel Goldsein sxc.huRiyadh inland port will also be privatised, sources said. (Marcel Goldsein/ Saudi Railway Organisation (SRO) is set to redevelop Riyadh’s inland port in order to accomodate the increasing volume of incoming containers

An industry source said that in addition to the infrastructure of the dry port being rebuilt, the facility would be privatised with the returns shared between the operating contractor and the SRO, according to MENAFN.

The contractor will replace earthen areas with concrete, build administrative offices and update the existing infrastructure, the source added.

SRO chief Mohammad Al-Suwaikit said, “Our organisation will play a major role in the project, replacing current freight truck haulage between Dammam and Riyadh with a rail link to transport loaded containers on trains to Riyadh each day, and the empty containers back to Dammam.

“This will play an important role in pushing the wheels of progress forward now and in the future.”

Riyadh’s dry port does not have that large a space in comparison to other ports — Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia and King Abdul Aziz Port in the Gulf — but this project will increase its size threefold through vertical storage.

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