SAR provides general cargo services between nine stations. Six of these stations are located in cities that the train passes through in addition to three stations in Sudair Industrial and Business City, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Musaed Economic City in Hail and the agricultural area of Al-Busaita.
SAR is currently preparing to launch general cargo operations in the course of 2017 as it is forecasted to carry 125,000 containers. SAR will also gradually raise the operational efficiency of this line with the completion of Jubail-Dammam link project in order to reach a ceiling of 1.1 million standard containers (TEUs) of cargo in 2030.
Heavy transport of minerals, oil and petrochemicals is one of the most important pillars of SAR business, and the largest source of income among its service lines. The company began operating this service line in May of 2011 for the transport of raw phosphates from Hazm Al-Jalameed mines to the processing and export sites of Ma’aden in the mining city of Ras Al-Khair on the Arabian Gulf for a distance of approximately 1,400 km. With the completion of the loading and unloading facilities in each of the Al-Baitha and Ras Al-Khair, SAR began the transport of bauxite in July 2014.
SAR trains currently carry over 16 thousand tons per trip through trains each consisting of three locomotives and more than 160 cars with a capacity of 100 tons. Each trip of phosphate and bauxite carrying trains substitutes more than 640 truck loads on public roads and saves more than 70% of the fuel used for transport which realizes economic value for the Kingdom and helps protect the environment through minimizing harmful emissions caused by truck engines.
Heavy transport services that will be provided by SAR in the future will cover minerals, petroleum products and petrochemicals through agreements signed with a number of companies such as ARAMCO, SABIC, SADARA, SATORPE and others.