Ethiopia Awards $1.7 Billion Railway Project to Turkish Company

July 2, 2012

The railway project will cover 389 kilometers from Woldiya to Awash forming a part of the larger railway network planned to connect Mekelle in Tigray Regional State to Port Tajura of Djibouti.

The railway project will cover 389 kilometers from Woldiya to Awash forming a part of the larger railway network planned to connect Mekelle in Tigray Regional State to Port Tajura of Djibouti.

The Railway Corporation of Ethiopia awarded a 1.7 billion US dollar railway project to Yapi Mekezi, a Turkish Company. The project will be financed by a loan from the Import-Export Bank of Turkey.
The railway project will cover 389 kilometers from Woldiya to Awash forming a part of the larger railway network planned to connect Mekelle in Tigray Regional State to Port Tajura of Djibouti.
The project will also include the construction of tunnels, building terminals and stations.
The agreement for the railway construction was signed between the Chief Executives of the Ethiopian Railway Corporation and of Yapi Merkezi.
It is to be remembered that Ethiopia signed an agreement for the construction of the 268.2 kilometer Mekelle-Woldiya/Hara Gebeya Railway Project with the China Communications Construction Company, last week. The project is expected to cost an estimated 1.6 billion US dollars and is to be completed in three and a half years.
The agreement between the Ethiopian Railways Corporation and the CCCC includes an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract.
The railway will link with the Mekele-Woldiya/Hara Gebeya- Semera-Dicheto-Elidar project ultimately connecting Northern Ethiopia with Port Tadjourah, Djibouti. The project is the beginning of three phases of links between Mekelle and Djibouti along the current railroad.
The project will include 29 large bridges and 19 kilometers of tunneling work and is expected to be the toughest railway project to date according to the ERC.
Source: The Reporter