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Old April 26th, 2010, 05:02 PM   #161
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Old May 4th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #162
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Old May 9th, 2010, 11:56 AM   #163
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FCC: Spanish firm building railway in Algeria

Infrastructure specialist FCC in joint venture with Algerian company ETRHB Haddad to construct 185-km railway worth nearly 1 billion euro.

FCC Construcción S.A. – the infrastructure division of international environmental services, infrastructure and enegy group Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas – has been awarded a contract to build a 185-km long railway line running west of the capital city, Algiers, and connecting the towns of Relizane, Tiaret and Tissemsilt. The joint venture project is in conjunction with Algerian company ETRHB Haddad.

The contract, awarded by the Transport Ministry via ANESRIF (National Agency of Studies and of Follow-up of the Realization of the Railway Investment), is part of the 2009-2014 economic development programme promoted by Algeria's President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The programme has a budget of 114 billion euro, a large part of which is aimed at infrastructure construction.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

The new line will have a single high-performance track which allows for a maximum speed of 160 km/h, divided into two sections: Relizane-Tiaret, measuring 121.1 km, in very rugged terrain where the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) will be used to build five tunnels; and Tiaret-Tissemsilt, measuring 64.2 km. The project includes the construction of seven passenger stations, five junctions, seven maintenance buildings along the length of the railway, and renovation work on existing stations in Relizane and Tissemsilt. The line will be electrified in the future.

RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION EXPERTISE

FCC has extensive experience in railway construction. It has built various sections of high-speed railway, including Madrid-Levante, during which the company beat the world daily boring record five separate times on the Siete Aguas-Buñol subsection, setting the world record at 83.2 m excavated and 52 concrete rings set in a single day. The company also built the Pajares bypass on the León-Asturias line, the Pajares tunnel (over 25 km), and the Guadarrama tunnels on the high-speed rail line to northwestern Spain (28 km). FCC is currently building the railway line connecting Atocha and Chamartín stations in Madrid and extending Line 2 of Madrid's Metro to Las Rozas.

Outside Spain, the company is building Line 2 of the Athens Metro; a metro line between New Delhi and Indira Gandhi International Airport; railway infrastructure for the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland; the railway link to the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, and the railway access to the Vidin-Calafat Bridge in Bulgaria.

GLOBAL EXPANSION

This new contract strengthens the international expansion of FCC's Infrastructure division (construction and concessions). Currently, 44 percent of FCC’s revenues come from outside Spain (54 percent in the Construction division). Mr. Baldomero Falcones, Chairman and Chief Executive of Grupo FCC, said: “Algeria has become a very important market for us. The railway project there is further proof of FCC’s growing global reach and reinforces our commitment to be a major player in the development of the infrastructure in Algeria. This prestigious contract sits alongside prominent FCC rail projects around the world including: the Singapore Metro; a New Delhi metro link and railway infrastructure for the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland."

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Old May 9th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #164
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Yesterday, I read an article which claimed that all construction workers etc. are foreigners and that Chinese companies hire Chinese workers even for the simplest tasks. It was claimed that Algerians are basically not participating in the building of their national infrastructure. Is this true or an exaggeration?
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It does seem possible that Chinese companies are not employing local workers. I've read that there are Chinese building workers in Algeria, and Chinese contractors in several sub-Saharan countries have been criticised for importing absoutely everything from China (workers, equipment, materials, food, even toilet paper) and not employing local workers or buying anything from local companies.

No doubt members in the Algerian forum will have a better idea about what's going on.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 12:32 AM   #166
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Yesterday, I read an article which claimed that all construction workers etc. are foreigners and that Chinese companies hire Chinese workers even for the simplest tasks. It was claimed that Algerians are basically not participating in the building of their national infrastructure. Is this true or an exaggeration?
It's an exaggeration. The Major public projects taken by foreigners were obliged to recruit part of local workers. In Algeria, the majority of the equipment, materials, are from Algeria. Nowadays, projects are first allocated to joint ventures (formed Algerian and foreign companies).
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Old May 18th, 2010, 11:58 AM   #167
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Algeria railway network resumes operation after 8-day strike

Algeria`s rail network resumed operation on Sunday evening after the national operator`s workers ended a strike that lasted for eight days, state-run APS news agency reported Monday.

ALGIERS, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The North African country's rail network has come to a standstill after the National Railway Company (SNTF) workers went on a strike, demanding a salary increase of 20-23 percent. The SNTF said it cannot meet such demands, citing financial difficulties. The workers even defied an order by an Algiers court to stop the strike and immediately resume work.

The National Federation of Railway (FNC), the railway workers' union, "issued a call for all workers to end the strike" after their demands were addressed, FNC secretary-general for communication Djamel Bechikhi was quoted by the agency as saying. Yet, the report did not give further details on the compromise reached.

"Traffic is already beginning to resume... Commuter trains have already started to circulate," Bechikhi said.

Head of SNTF human resources department Noureldin Dekhli told local al-Khabar newspaper that the operations will resume as both parties will engage in talks on pay rise.

"We have urged all workers, in a joint statement, to resume operating the trains and transporting passengers immediately as of Sunday evening," he said.

According to the paper, the talks came after Transport Minister Amar Tou ordered SNTF administration to address the workers' demands and engage in talks with the union about salary increase.

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Old May 24th, 2010, 12:37 PM   #168
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Old May 24th, 2010, 12:43 PM   #169
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Old June 7th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #170
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Old June 20th, 2010, 02:10 AM   #171
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Old June 30th, 2010, 10:53 PM   #172
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Rail transport : Electric railcar maintenance centre reaches 90% completion

ALGIERS- The electric railcar maintenance centre of Algiers has reached 90 percent completion, announced Wednesday here Transport Minister Amar Tou. The construction works were launched in March 2008 and the DZD 8.7-billion-worth project was due to be delivered within four months, the minister declared at the end of his inspection visit to the centre, which will be in charge of the maintenance works of 64 electric railcars of Algiers suburbs using the most advanced technologies. The minister also visited the different technical services of the centre and enquired about the equipments that will be installed in these workshops, and stressed the necessity to meet the delivery deadlines set by the National Railway Company (SNTF).

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Train arrives in Bechar, a "historic" event

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BECHAR (Algeria)- The arrival of a train in the station of Bechar (965-km southeast of Algiers) with Transport Minister Amar Tou aboard was dubbed a "historic" event by many persons present at the station on Friday. "We have been waiting for this day for nearly ten years and it is here now. A modern, comfortable and air-conditioned train, it's all what can a traveller dream of," said a citizen who came to attend the inauguration of the new railway line. From now on, this line linking Bechar to the locality of Tabia in Sidi-Bel-Abbes (440-km west of Algiers) across Mecheria (Naama), is open and the trip aboard the train lasts less than 5 hours at a speed of 140-km/hour, according to an executive of the National Railway Company (SNTF).
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Well, there already was a railway line to Bechar (and beyond), built by the
french before WW2 il I remember well. That was supposed to be the begin of
a line that would eventually reach Niger... What did happen to it ?
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Well, there already was a railway line to Bechar (and beyond), built by the
french before WW2 il I remember well. That was supposed to be the begin of
a line that would eventually reach Niger... What did happen to it ?
Yes there is already a railway line between Arzew and Bechar. But this one is a new line who projected to go to Tindouf. (green)

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Any idea of the daily ridership on the RER?
It seems that the trains have been designed for a high ridership.
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Any idea of the daily ridership on the RER?
It seems that the trains have been designed for a high ridership.
I really don't know the daily ridership on the RER but the projection is 55 million passengers for 2010 and 80 millions passengers/year from 2020.
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ORAN (Algeria)- A joint company specializing in the tramway train assembly will soon be created in partnership between the Algiers Underground Company (BMA) and the French group Alstom, Minister of Transport, Amar Tou said Saturday. The record relating to the creation of this company is currently in the Council of State Shareholding, the minister said during a working visit to Oran. "This joint venture will allow to manufacture in Algeria railway equipment supplied by Alstom," he said.
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Reopening of grain freight rail line linking Oran port, Bechar

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ORAN (Algeria) – The grain freight rail line linking the port of Oran and Bechar was reopened Saturday in the presence of Transport Minister Amar Tou. The Minister gave the official start of the reactivation of the rail link at a ceremony attended by officials of the Port Company (EPO), the national railway company (SNTF) and local authorities. The reopening of this link will allow, in a first step, to relaunch grain carriage from Oran port of Oran to the station of Bechar, "said Acting Executive Director of EPO, Mohamed Boutouil. Amar Tou was provided explanations on taken arrangements to ensure delivery of grain by this mode of transportation that also eventually supply regions in the highlands and south-west as from Sidi Bel Abbes.
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