August 03, 2015

Senegal launches Dakar airport rail link tender

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Senegal launches Dakar airport rail link tender J.W.H. van der Waal CC by SA 2.5

THE government of Senegal issued an invitation to prequalify on August 1 for contracts to build a 55km rail link between the centre of the capital Dakar and the new Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) near Ndiass, which is expected to open next year.

The project involves upgrading and electrifying the western section of the Dakar - Diourbel metre-gauge line and constructing a branch to the airport. The link will be built in two phases: Dakar - Diamniado (36km) and Diamniado - AIBD (19km).

The open tender will be conducted in two stages and is divided into three lots, covering design and construction of infrastructure, railway systems (electrical), and renewal of metre-gauge track.

The Senegalese government says it is shifting the focus of infrastructure investment towards modernising the country's rail network following the completion of a programme of road improvements.

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