Bids in for railway upgrade

10 October 2003
Four international groups have submitted bids for the contract to upgrade 360 kilometres of track linking Mecheria and Bechar. The client, state-owned Societe Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF), relaunched the tender in July after bids for the estimated $400 million project came in above budget in early 2003 (MEED 18:4:03).

SNTF expects to make an award in the fourth quarter and work is scheduled to begin in early 2004. The selected group will replace existing narrow track with modern, standard track and construct five stations, 20 steel bridges and two maintenance workshops. The next major rail project planned is the 150-kilometre extension of the Mecheria-Bechar line to Redjem Demouche in the north, set to be tendered in 2004.

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