First 14 km of Libyan rail network in place

The first 14 km of track has been laid for the 554 km Surt – Benghazi railway, Russian Railways has announced. RZD is building the line parallel to the Mediterranean coast under a €2•2bn contract signed in April 2008, and President Vladimir Yakunin visited the construction sites on March 14 to meet Chairman of Libyan Railways Said Mohammed Rashid.

At present 438 people are engaged on construction, which is expected to take four years and will employ a total of 3 500 local and Russian workers.

‘This is the first transport sector project on such a scale in the history of the two countries’, said Yakunin.

‘Russian Railways, having a wealth of experience in carrying out such projects, is confident that it will meet the timeframe, while achieving a high level of quality.

The use of Russian-produced maintenance vehicles will help achieve this goal.

This project therefore provides Russian companies with the opportunity to enter new markets…read more

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