SourceNigerian railway modernization project north to south from Lagos Kano, a total length of 1315 km, the contract total $ 8.3 billion, all using Chinese construction standards implemented in phases. The first section of the project to connect the capital Abuja and Kaduna, the state capital, a total length of 186.5 km, the use of Chinese Class I railroad design standards. A total of nine stations along the route, a top speed of 150 kilometers an investment of about $ 850 million, providing $ 500 million concessional loan from the Export-Import Bank China. Works on February 19, 2013 officially started construction.
"The first section of the main projects completed on schedule, not only for the end of 2014 to achieve the full range of the first paved section of the project has laid a solid foundation for promoting a more effective implementation of the Nigerian Railway Modernization Project segmented the same time, it also promoted the modernization of the railway network in Nigeria planning and construction, accelerate the Nigerian people in the early realization of the dream to have a modern railway. "China Railway Construction Group chairman Liu Zhiming said Turkey.
Hu Zhen Yi, vice president of China Railway Construction Corporation, said the successful completion of the first section of the project, representatives of Chinese enterprises in the survey and railway projects in Nigeria, design, construction contract fully meet the standards laid for the subsequent paragraphs railway construction is very solid foundation.
Nigeria is Africa's largest economy large and populous country, the development of much-needed modernization of the country's railway network. But Nigeria's existing railway or narrow gauge railway built last century Englishman, most have long abandoned. Movement of people and goods has been greatly restricted.
"After the opening of the first section of the project, take the train from Abuja to Kaduna can be shortened from the original 3 hours to about one hour, will greatly improve Abuja, Niger State and Kaduna State between the three highway traffic congestion situation for people to travel and greatly facilitate the flow of goods. "China Railway Construction Group said deputy general manager of Turkey, Nigeria after comprehensive modernization of the railway opened to traffic, the more than 80 million tons of cargo, passenger traffic nearly 100 million people.
"Abuja to Kaduna construction output in the success of the Chinese railway technology standards, it is also driving the equipment, materials, Chinese construction machinery exports about $ 200 million, the next step will be required to operate Nigeria's procurement from China locomotive vehicles. "Liu Zhiming said that during the construction of the first paragraph has to absorb and train local staff of more than 5,000 people, after the completion of traffic, but also to provide more than 5,000 local jobs.
I am a bit concerned though by the last paragraph stating that Nigeria will be looking to procure Chinese rollingstock, the last time the NRC procured Chinese rollingstock! The Chinese gave no technical support and the fleet was grounded!
But I guess that was THEN! the Chinese today, do work closer with us and as a matter of fact in the Military, the Chinese in Wuhan have allowed us to complete one of the OPVs we ordered in Nigeria and we will also be manufacturing Chinese MRAPs in Nigeria! So perhaps we can have a similar technical engagement with the railways! Hopefully things have changed in this field as well!
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