Algeria’s Enterprise Metro d’Alger (Ema) is inviting companies to submit bids by 4 June to carry out the preliminary study into a second extension of the Algiers metro.

The extension would run in the west of Algiers connecting the cities of Chevalley, Dely Ibrahim, Cheraga, Ouled Fayet, El-Achour and Draria.

Companies submitted bids in December 2011 for a contract to carry out the first extension to the Algiers metro. This extension will run from Hai el-Badr in the centre of Algiers to El-Harrach Centre in the east of the city.

The Algiers tramway project opened in May 2011.

Algeria is planning to build 200 tram lines across 14 cities in the next 10 years. The investment is due to worsening congestion in the major cities across the country. Forecasts show that about 20 cities in Algeria will have populations of more than 200,000 people over the same period.