Chinese Team Pitches for Rail Contract

The China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) reportedly met with the Libya Rail Implementation Authority last week to discuss the reactivation of stalled rail projects.

A $12 billion rail building scheme was split between Russian Railways (RZhD), tasked with building the line between Sirte and Benghazi, and the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC).

CRCC won the 2008 contract to build 352 km of coastal railway from Khoms to Sirte, with a later addition of 172 km from Tripoli to Ras Ejder on the Tunisian border. It was also contracted to build an 800-km line between Misrata and Wadi Shatti near Sebha, an area rich in iron ore deposits.

A Russian delegation visited Tripoli in February to discuss a resumption of the project.

According to the report from Libya Herald, no details of the meeting have been released, but it was revealed that an attempt is being made to reach a framework agreement that would enable the reactivation of these projects.

Sources at the Rail Implementation Authority told LANA that the meeting was as a result of the decision by the Libyan government to go ahead with these projects, which were thought to have been mothballed after the revolution.

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