Tenders are expected in the summer for three contracts to build the remaining 900 kilometres of the planned 1,216-kilometre east-west highway across the north of the country. Bid documents are under preparation following the relaunch of the estimated $7,000 million project at a seminar organised by the Ministry of Public Works in Algiers in June. Completion is due in 2009.
Concession contracts, most likely to be awarded on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, will be granted for: a western section between the Moroccan border and Khemis Meliana, east of Chlef; a central section as far as Bordj Bou Arreridj near Setif; and an eastern stretch up to the Tunisian border. Just over 100 kilometres of the highway is already complete, with a further 200 kilometres under construction. The six-lane road will support 90 per cent of Algeria's overland trade and form part of the planned trans-Maghreb highway. The client is the Agence National des Autoroutes.
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