Turkish construction giant Yapı Merkezi hopes a $3 billion modern railway-line project it is building in Ethiopia and Tanzania will showcase its skills and make it a “trusted development partner” in Africa. The consortium first set foot in the African infrastructure market with its Casablanca and Algiers light railway networks.
The latest Ethiopian and Tanzanian standard-gauge railroad contract is the first African megaproject for the company. Financial Affairs Manager Murat Öcal said its first two African projects marked the beginning of its expansion on the fast-growing continent.
The 3,910 km (2,430-mile) Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebya single-line railway project, which began in 2015 at a cost of $1.7 billion, will link northern and eastern Ethiopia and also connect it to a central rail network which stretches to the port of Djibouti. Construction of the first phase, which consists of dozens of tall bridges and long tunnels, has been successfully completed.
According to the Ethiopian government’s Growth and Transformation Plan, the line will enhance the country’s internal and external freight and passenger transportation capacity. Yapı Merkezi’s Tanzanian project, which was signed in April 2017, is worth $1.2 billion and its first 250-km (155 mile) section, will connect Dar es Salaam to Morogoro. The railroad will provide a ground speed of 160 kilometers per hour (99 mph).