Marrakech-Agadir motorway gets under way

12 August 2005
Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM) has prequalified 25 companies to submit bids by 29 August for four road construction contracts on the estimated MD 6,200 million ($684 million), 233-kilometre motorway between Marrakech and the southern coastal city of Agadir. The contracts are due for award by mid-October.

Contractors have also been given until 25 August to bid for the contract to build three bridges on the Marrakech-Chichaoua section of the motorway. A consortium of Team Marocand Spain's Initecas well as the local Conseil Ingenierie Developpement Maroc (CID)have completed studies.

The four main contracts cover:

A 12-kilometre section from Agadir to Ameskroud;

A 32-kilometre segment south from Marrakech;

A 30-kilometre segment south into Chichaoua; and

A 17-kilometre middle section on the Marrakech-Chichaoua route.

ADM will by the end of 2005 issue tenders for the section between Chichaoua and Agadir, crossing the Anti-Atlas mountains. The work is likely to be split into four-five packages, with awards to follow in 2006 (MEED 4:6:04).

A tender will be issued in mid-2006 for the construction of the estimated MD 6,000 ($662 million), 330-kilometre Fez-Oujda highway, with work to begin by the end of next year. The road, which will be the last local section of the trans-Maghreb highway, is due for completion in mid-2010.

Both projects are part of the kingdom's MD 23,000 million ($2,538 million) motorway programme for 2005-10. The programme is funded by the state social and economic development fund, Fonds Hassan II, and the state budget, both of which will contribute MD 3,600 ($397 million). The balance will come from concessionary loans and government bonds.

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