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October 05, 2010

Ivory Coast plans new lines

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THE government of Ivory Coast says it is planning to build a new railway to link the mines in the west of the country with the port of San Pedro.

According to mines and energy minister Mr Augustin Comoe, construction will start on the 737km line in 2014. Studies had already been conducted prior to the outbreak of civil war in 2002 and put the cost of the project at around CFA Francs 860 billion ($US 1.8 billion).

The line would allow Ivory Coast to exploit nickel, manganese, and iron deposits near the border with Guinea and Liberia, transporting around 22 million tonnes of ore per year for export. Comoe says the line will also carry 45,000 tonnes of cocoa and 24,500 tonnes of timber per year.

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