Algeria’s Enterprise Metro d’Alger (Ema) is inviting companies to submit bids by 12 June to carry out the design and supervision of construction for the extension of the Eastern line of the Algiers tramway.

The extension is planned to run from Les Fusilles to Bir Mourad Rais, which is a district in the south of Algiers province.

The first part of the 16.3-kilometre Eastern line serves the area east of Algiers. It runs from the Carrefour des Fusilles (Hussein Dey) to the centre of Dergana close to the airport.

France’s Alstom with Italy’s Todini Construction and the local ETRHB Hadad Group won the $320m turnkey contract in 2006. France’s Systra and RATP Developpement and the local Assistance a la Construction is the consultant.

In a separate project, Ema is also inviting companies to submit bids by 10 June to carry out the detailed design and supervision of construction of the extension to the first line of the Oran tramway.

The extension will run from Hatab to Banarba (Le Rocher).

The 18.7km first line of the Oran tramway is already being built. Construction began in December 2008 and is being carried out by a consortium that comprises France’s Alstom and Spain’s Isolux Corsan group. This line is due for completion in 2014. There is also a metro project planned for Oran (MEED 22:9:10).

The Algerian government has pledged to spend $30bn on developing its transport infrastructure up to 2014.