Thursday, 10 May 2007
On 7 May, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo officially inaugurated work on a new 1,435mm gauge light rail system in the capital, Abuja. Comprising three phases that are expected to be complete in 15 years, construction is being financed with a $US841 million dollar loan facility provided by the Chinese government. The 280km system is planned to cover the whole Federal Capital Territory including Wuse, Garki, AYA and its satellite towns of Karu, Nyanya, Kubwa and Gwagwalada. The project has been contracted to CPCS-Transcom International of Canada with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) as joint development partner.
The first phase will comprise 60km of route linking Area 10 in Garki, the central area, Wuse neighborhood centre, Utako Motor park, Jabi, Life Camp, Karmo, Gwarinpa and Kubwa. Also included are the national stadium, the Kukwaba national park, Idu and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
ALGIERS SUBWAY FINAL PHASE OF WORK
The subway of Algiers enters the final phase of work After the blow of sending of the installation of the rails This infrastructure will be brought into service in September 2008. It will make it possible to attenuate the difficulties of transport in the capital, while waiting for that work of the section Koriche Emir-Wadi is completed in a few years, for a more important flow travellers. The construction of the subway of Algiers enters its "delicate" phase more with the beginning of work of installation and of welding of the ways on linear of 9 km, the Minister for Transport noted yesterday, Mr. Mohamed Maghlaoui, which visited the building site. The work of this new stage, started symbolically in the presence of Mr. Maghlaoui, indicates the APS, consist in amalgamating under high heat and with a very great meticulousness the ends of the rails aligned on concrete cubes by the use of disposable moulds, according to explanations' of a framework of the French company in charge of the initial work, South-western Travaux (TSO). With a rate/rhythm of realization estimated at 100 meters per day, this operation should be completed at the latest in February 2008, but the minister informed the persons in charge for the building site of?uvrer to complete the work before this time of rigour. Mr. Maghlaoui thus hopes to pass quickly at the following stage which consists in putting the oars (cars) on the rails. The trains are currently built in Spain and must be delivered as from next January. The Company of the subway of Algiers (EMA) had signed, in January 2006, with the Siemens-Vinci group and CIF, the bearing contract on the fixed equipment, the rolling stock and interior installations of the stations, ultimate stage before the setting according to the project, scheduled for September 2008. According to the precise details of the persons in charge for the EMA and TSO, the use of concrete cubes under the rails of the subway is first technological in Algeria. As for the installation of electric cables and indications, it is planned for soon and will parallel to be made the welding rails. Addressing to the journalists at the end of a round in the tunnel, Mr. Maghlaoui expressed his satisfaction in front of "the high degree of accuracy with which this significant work" of installation of the railway is carried out. Work of welding of the rails is ensured by a team mainly Algerian having profited from a special training in this field. The same team should profit from other recycling and training courses for the maintenance of the installations. At the time of a visit to the building site, last September, Mr. Maghlaoui had announced for the 1st quarter the 2007 beginning of the installation of the rails on this single line (known as n°1) which composes the project, before its extension envisaged in 2009. It will connect the Large-Post office to Hated El-Badr on a course of 9 km serving, in ten stations, the communes of Bachdjarah, El-Maqaria, Hussein-dey, Sidi-Me hamed and Algiers-center. Three extensions, already studied, must be added and enter to it in servicing 2009. It acts of Hated El-Badr (Kouba) - El Harrach, Haï El-Badr - Aïn Naâdja and Large-Station - Place of the Martyrs. The average estimated request for transport per subway is estimated in peak hour at 21 000 passagers/heure in the Martyr-Hated Place direction El-Badr. It should, in the long term, reach the 40 000 voyageurs/heure. The traffic should reach in the long term the 150 million travellers per annum, according to EMA'S
these construction workers are black.