Must be a pretty good system technically. I've heard it's also a favourite for California high speed rail.
Financing agreed for northern Ethiopian railway
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
THE Ethiopian government has concluded a $US 865m financing agreement which will fund the construction of the 389km electrified standard-gauge line from Awash on the Addis Ababa – Djibouti line to Weldia in the north of the country
The financing package comprises a $US 450m seven-year loan from a consortium of lenders from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America, and a $US 415m 13-year loan backed by Sweden's EKN and EKF and Swiss Export Risk Insurance.
Construction began on the $US 1.7bn project in 2012 and the line is being built by Yapi Merkezi, Turkey. Bombardier announced earlier this month that it has been awarded a contract to supply ETCS Level 1 for the railway, which is due to be commissioned next year
Tendering for Ethiopian rail project postponed
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
THE bidding process for a tender to construct a 280km railway from Semera east to the Djibouti port of Tadjourah on the north bank of the Gulf of Tadjourah has been postponed for a fifth time
Mr Getachew Betru, CEO of Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC), says the tender was postponed because bidders had requested more time to prepare their technical and financial bids. "The second reason is that we needed to provide explanations to some bidders who were not clear about some points in the bid document"
This Tunnel is around Karakore. Tunnel is 3km long. So far they dig 300 meter.
Awash Railway Bridge
China's CREC to complete section of Ethiopia's key railway project English.news.cn | 2015-05-19 18:34:15 | Editor: huaxia
Track laying has been completed for the Sebeta-Mieso project, a section of the first phase of Ethiopia National Railway Network.(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
ADDIS ABABA, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The Sebeta/Addis Ababa-Adama-Mieso railway, which is a section of Ethiopia's key railway project of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway being built by the China Railway Group (CREC) is nearing completion.
As the track-laying activity is approaching to completion, a grand ceremony was held on Monday in Adama town about 99 km south of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, where senior government officials, diplomats, Chinese and local staff of CREC as well as residents of Adama town celebrated the landmark chapter of the project.
The Sebeta/Addis Ababa-Mieso railway project covers a total length of 329.145 km. The Ababa-Adama section is a double track with 115 km length while the Adama-Mieso is a single track covering 214.145 km.
The standard-gauge railway, which is one section of the first Ethiopia's national railway network, has been contracted by CREC with a total cost of nearly two billion U.S. dollars.
With the designed speed of 120km/h, the electrified-railway connects Addis Ababa with important cities of Adama, Dire Dawa, and Djibouti Port, and is the main transporting corridor for imports and exports of Ethiopia and the inland of East Africa.
Locomotives run test on the Sebeta-Mieso project, a section of the first phase of Ethiopia National Railway Network.(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
Stating that the project is the first modern railway in Ethiopia, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the project is a blood-line of the country's economy.
"In addition to its contribution to facilitation of transportation in the country, the project plays significant role in sharing experience and transfer of technology and skills from the Chinese to Ethiopians, which in the future will enable Ethiopian professionals carry out such infrastructure projects in the country on their own," he said.
Stating that more than 80 percent of the project has been completed so far, Getachew Betru, CEO of the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), noted that the speed and works on the construction of the project show that it would be fully completed as per the contract schedule and standard.
Getachew called on all concerned parties and the local community to continue to display the usual collaboration and provide support to the undertaking of the project towards its successful completion, and then test-ride and handover ceremony.
Reiterating that the railway facilitates Ethiopia's imports and exports via the Addis Ababa-Djibouti corridor, Arkebe Equbay, Minister Advisor to the Prime Minister and also Board Chairman of ERC, highlighted on the role the project plays in the country's economic performance.
He noted that the project also contributes to economic integration in the sub-region, and is a model one from which good experience has been gained for future railway projects to be carried out in the country.
A Local resident crosses railway track of the Sebeta-Mieso project, a section of the first phase of Ethiopia National Railway Network.(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
Appreciating the commitment and collaboration of Ethiopians and the Chinese towards the success of the project, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, hailed the project's role in strengthening friendship and also taking the relations between Ethiopia and China to a new height.
He reiterated that the project helps technology and skill transfer between the Chinese experts and Ethiopian counterparts.
Commenced in February 2012, the Sebeta/Addis Ababa-Mieso Railway Project is expected to be fully completed in few months.
CREC is also carrying out the 475-million-U.S. dollar Addis Ababa electrified railway project, which started test-ride early February this year in the capital of the East African nation.
CREC, which is one of the world's top 500 enterprises with 300,000 permanent staff, has overseas projects in 68 countries and regions.
While working on different projects in Ethiopia, CREC has been supporting the local people, especially those who are by the projects sites, where the Chinese company has undertaken development programs in water supply and road development
Railway Sleeper factory and its quality control center at Kombolcha.
The Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) is investing $1.7 billion in the Awash Woldia/Hara Gebeya railway construction project which 15% of the project has been completed. The line which will carry both freight and passengers will connect northern Ethiopia with the central region in trade and public to public. The new 389km railway runs northwards from Awash, which is situated on the main Addis Adaba-Dijbouti line. The route to Woldia passes through Kombolcha to reach Woldia. The line, which is to be electrified, is being built by the Turkish group, Yapi Merkezi Industry Inc.
The completed rail way at Dire Dawa
The Dire Dawa station under construction.
Ethiopia – Djibouti railway carries first freight
23 Nov 2015
AFRICA: The first freight train to operate on the new standard gauge railway between Djibouti and Addis Ababa arrived at a temporary unloading facility in Merebe Mermersa, 112 km south of Ethiopia's capital, on November 21.
Construction of the railway has not yet been completed, but freight services have been launched to enable the delivery of large quantities of wheat which the Ethiopian government has purchased for use in areas affected by drought. Deliveries are expected to run for 10 days
Dewelle - Ethiopia Djibouti border area. (Location on GoogleMaps)This are the pictures of Common Boarder Post Inspection , Electrification, Train station,and track work progress at Dewanle.
https://www.facebook.com/Yapı-Merkezi-Holding-586627004697800/In Ethiopia, T770 tunnel is complete
Akh railway excavation and as part of a project to promote the history of July 2015, 7, has total length of 287 metres of tunnel T770, after a 139-day work on November 23, 2015 complete.
As part of the project; a total of 16.905 m³ excavation, as well as during the production; 1.630 m³ shotcrete applied the concrete, 100 tons of construction iron and shoring donatısı used, 1.310 pieces of rock bulonu ankre decorated, 71 meters long and 270 Feet Umbrealla Arch Application has been made.
The project all the hard work of labour will say thank you to our friends, keep up the good workThe Second Tunnel is (T2) Completed.
The main contractor is Yapı Merkezi and they brought about 1,500 employees from Turkey. It's their first rail project in SSA and I guess the biggest one that has not been contracted to a chinese company. Financing was provided Exim Bank of Turkey providing $700 million, $450 milllion commercial loan over 7 years and $415 million loaned over 13 years from Swedish Export Credit Guarantee Board.Where are the majority of workers from? Very few seem to be Ethiopian...
Thanks. Will it connect and be interoperable with the Chinese built Addis Ababa-Djobouti railway?The main contractor is Yapı Merkezi and they brought about 1,500 employees from Turkey. It's their first rail project in SSA and I guess the biggest one that has not been contracted to a chinese company. Financing was provided Exim Bank of Turkey providing $700 million, $450 milllion commercial loan over 7 years and $415 million loaned over 13 years from Swedish Export Credit Guarantee Board.
Yes the will meet near Awash town. Its purpose is to connect the northern half of the country and its current terminus will act as centre for the planned network in the north.Thanks. Will it connect and be interoperable with the Chinese built Addis Ababa-Djobouti railway?
The U/C Nagad-Doraleh section:
Farmlands next to the Ambouli seasonal river give way to the railway
In Ethiopia, t2 tunnel and was completed
Ethiopia awa sh-Combo LC HA-hara geb months to railway excavation project and support the production of August 3, 2015, the start of the t2 tunnel, December 10, 2015 history is complete.
I'm a total length of 188, and 130 days, which is manufactured in the tunnel 9.831 m³ excavation was made during the manufacturing and 1.142 M³ Shot Crete was implemented the concrete. Also, 113 tons of rebar and retaining fittings with 1.045 rock find her moment was a creole and 71 meters long and 270 meters of the umbrella corporation arch application has been made.
Sebeta-Addis Ababa-Adama-Mieso-Dire Dawa-Dewelle
^^ passenger locomotive on the left and freight locomotives on the right.