Algeria awards US $1.7 billion rail contract

Sixty six km line will connect city of Tlemcen to Moroccan border.
The new line will require several bridges and tunnels.
The new line will require several bridges and tunnels.

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Spain's Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) and Algeria's ETRHB Haddad have won a US $1.72 billion contract to build a 66km railway line in Algeria.

The link will connect the city of Tlemcen, west of Algiers, with the border at Akkid Abbas, and will form part of a line connecting Oued Tleat to the Moroccan border.

The line will require the construction of 34 viaducts and nine tunnels, perhaps explaining the seemingly high cost given its short distance. The construction period for the project is 48 months.

The line will be double-tracked, electrified and designed for a maximum speed of 220 km/h. The contract covers signalling and telecomms systems, and the construction of a new passenger station in Maghnia.

This rail project is part of Algeria's economic development programme for 2009-2014, which has a budget of approximately US $150 billion.

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