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    Saudi Arabia issues operating license for trial run of hydrogen trains


    Nov 16, 2023

    Saudi Gazette report

    RIYADH — Rumaih Al-Rumaih, chairman of the Saudi Transport General Authority (TGA), handed over the operating license for the trial run of hydrogen trains to Bashar Al-Malik, CEO of the Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR).

    The hydrogen-powered train is noted for zero-carbon emission and environment friendliness. This also represents a significant stride towards sustainable and innovative railway transportation.

    The current tests focus on key issues including operational systems and making use of other countries’ hydrail experiences as well as developing technicalities with manufacturers to adapt the service to the environment in Saudi Arabia.

    The authority said in a statement that the hydrogen train is one of the most prominent innovations in rail transport, as it generates the energy necessary to operate trains without any carbon emissions. “It would thus contribute to achieving the goals of the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics Services, which aims to reduce carbon emissions in transport activities by 25 percent by the year 2030,” the statement said.

    The TGA stressed that this achievement represents an important step towards strengthening Saudi Arabia’s position as a leading logistics center, and accelerates the movement of commercial transport with high efficiency, which enhances the sustainability of railway transport.

    It also helps to achieve the goals of the Saudi Green Initiative which aims to realize environmental balance and support sustainability efforts at the national level by a transport that is friendly for humans and the environment, apart from providing safe and reliable services.

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