Algeria’s Enterprise Metro d’Alger (EMA) is planning to tender contracts for the delivery of the proposed metro system serving the city of Oran in the first quarter of 2015.

“The design has been done by Sener from Spain; the only decision we now have is whether we go turnkey or separate out the system and rolling stock,” said Aomar Hadbi, director-general at EMA, and CEO of the Algerian Subway Authority, at MEED’s Mena Rail & Metro Summit in Dubai on 20 October.

Oran, on Algeria’s northwest coast, is the second-largest city in the country.

Work has recently been completed on a tramway serving the city. It is 18.7 kilometres long and has 32 stations. Construction of the tramway began in December 2008 and was built by a consortium of France’s Alstom and Spain’s Isolux Corsan group.