Colas Rail wins $196.7m Tunis high-speed contract

Consortium also includes Siemens and local contractor Somatra-Get

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Rail infrastructure contractor Colas Rail has announced that its consortium has been awarded a $196.7m (EUR: 145m) contract to build the first two lines on a new high-speed railway network in the Tunisian capital of Tunis.

Colas Rail is part of a consortium consisting of Siemens and Tunisian construction company Somatra-Get which has landed the deal to build lines D and E of the proposed network, which will involve the construction of 20km of new track.

Colas Rail will be responsible for the track, catenary networks, power supply, remote surveillance and data collection systems, as well as providing systems integration and the depot equipment. Its element of the contract is valued at $116.6m (EUR: 86m).

The project is being co-funded by the European Investment Bank, Agence Francaise du Developpement and the government-owned German development bank KFW.

Work on the project is set to begin in the middle of 2014 and take 46 months to complete.

Colas said the project is its first in Tunisia but follows other successes in the MENA region, including the contract to extend the Algiers Metro which it won at the end of last year. It also built the Rabat tramway and part of the new Casablanca tram system in in Morocco.

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