Spanish trains manufacturer CAF has signed a contract to supply 12 six-car metro trains to Algiers Metro Company (EMA), according to a local media report.

The new Inneo metro trains will run on Algiers’ 13.6-kilometre metro line, which is currently being extended.

A consortium of UK-based Colas Rail and local partner Kou GC is implementing two packages worth a total of €168m ($197m) for the extension of the metro line.

The first package, worth $€51m, extends 1.7km between Tafourah Grande Poste to Place des Martyrs and will contain two stations.

The second package, worth $€117m, extends between Hai el-Badr and Ain Naadja to the south of the city. The 3.6km extension will have three stations.

Both packages are expected to be completed before the end of 2017.

Colas Rail’s share of the two contracts is understood to be about €89m.

It covers the installation of railway infrastructure, power supplies, ventilation and smoke extraction and fare collection. The firm is also responsible for project coordination and system integration.

A fleet of 14 six-car trains, also supplied by CAF, currently operate on the metro line, which has 13 stations. The metro bagan operating in 2011.