(AGI) Rome, Aug 28 - Italferr, the engineering company of theItalian State Railways Group, has signed a contract with theSaudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) for the extension ofthe preliminary and detailed design of the rail line that willconnect the port of Jeddah, on the Red Sea, to Al Jubail, onthe Arabian Sea. Around 1,300 kilometres of line will traverseSaudi Arabia, linking the two seas that surround the ArabianPeninsula. Italferr will work on the project for 20 monthsstarting in August 2015. Once electrified, the line will allowpassenger trains to travel at speeds of up to 350 km/h. Theproject also includes the stations, stores and maintenancecentres. Italferr has been operating in Saudi Arabia since2013 on the preliminary and detailed design of the connectionbetween Jeddah and the capital Riyadh and on the SaudiLandbridge Railway Project. The FS Group company was awardedthe contract in competition with other leading internationalcompanies. Italferr has won the appreciation of the SaudiRailway Company - SAR, which is in charge of the project, forthe rapidity of its planning and finding of solutions toproblems such as high temperatures and how to cross the largeareas of sand dunes and rocky stretches of the Saudi desert.(AGI) . .