Rendel appointed on Bangladesh’s 240km long freight railway from Dhaka to Payra port
RENDEL and OTB Engineering Ltd – in association with HR Wallingford, Railway Engineering Associated Ltd and BCL Associates – have been appointed by DP Rail to provide the engineering services for the implementation studies on a new 240 km freight railway in Bangladesh.

This follows DP Rail signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Bangladesh / Bangladesh Railway on the 20th December 2016.

DP Rail, a UK-based company, will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the rail link between Dhaka and Payra Port on a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) basis. It is the largest FDI project deal yet for Bangladesh. The implementation studies were initiated in January 2017 and will last 18 months. Their purpose is to finalise the route alignment as well as the costs of building the railway – to standards that are satisfactory both to Bangladesh Railway and to the investors behind DP Rail. The requirements of all stakeholders shall be taken into consideration, including potential users, local and national government, and all parties along the proposed Dhaka – Payra corridor. The implementation studies, which the Rendel/OTB joint venture will carry out, include route selection, surveys, definition of design criteria and design and cost estimates leading up to production of design and build documents.

The new deep water Payra Port, at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal, will have the capacity to accommodate large container ships of 120,000 tonnes or 8,000 containers.  The port will gain in importance within Bangladesh, and the railway port and associated infrastructure have been designated as being of national importance to Bangladesh. The rail link puts Payra on track to be the country’s main seaport.

Rendel has worked continuously in Bangladesh for more than 30 years. The firm’s more recent projects include Lalon Shah (Paksey) Bridge, Priority B Bridges, the DFID-funded Bridge Replacement Project, Bridge Assessment and Strengthening for Occidental, Bhairab Bridge study, Padma Bridge study and the detailed design of the Shah Amanat (Third Karnaphuli) Bridge, opened in 2010. Rendel is currently providing Management Support Consultancy services to the Bangladesh Bridge Authority for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project.



Sophie Rapatel
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