November 09, 2017

China to carry out Sudan-Chad railway study

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SUDAN’s Ministry of Roads and Bridges signed an agreement with two Chinese companies in Khartoum on November 7 for a 12-month feasibility study into the construction of a 3400km railway linking the Red Sea with its landlocked neighbour Chad.

Under the agreement signed by the director general of the Sudanese Railways Authority Mr Ibrahim Fadl, China Railway Design Corporation and China Friendship Development International Engineering Design & Consultation Company will examine the viability of building a standard-gauge line linking Port Sudan with the Chadian capital N’Djamena via Khartoum.

In December 2011 Chad’s Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation signed an agreement with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation for the construction of a 1364km standard-gauge network, including an 836km line from N'Djamena to Adré on the Sudanese border.

In November 2015 a tripartate agreement was signed by the governments of Sudan, Chad and Cameroon to build a line linking Port Sudan with the capitals of the three countries, with financing expected to come from China’s Exim Bank.

The governments of Chad and Cameroon subsequently signed an aide-memoire with the African Development Bank in July 2017 with the aim of securing funds for a feasibility study into the N'Djamena - Ngaundere section of the line.

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