CHANGSHA China (Xinhua) --
Three heat-resistant locomotives tailor- made for Ethiopia have
been put to use on Africa’s first electric rail line.
designed and manufactured by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. Ltd., have gone through
a series of tests on the line linking Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, with
Djibouti City, capital of the Republic of Djibouti. The line runs through a
plateau and desert region and is very demanding technically.
"Thermostability is particularly important as in summer the temperature can
be as high as 50 degrees Celsius, along with huge day-night and seasonal
temperature differences," said technical expert Kang Mingming with CRRC Zhuzhou
He said the locomotives have been put to use in Ethiopia on Thursday local
time for passenger transportation.
Thirty-two locomotives for cargo transportation, each with a power of 7,200
kilowatt, will be delivered soon.
Once put to use, these locomotives will significantly improve Ethiopia’s
cargo transportation efficiency and trade cooperation with neighboring
countries, said Kang.
The trunk line across East Africa is 752.7 km long and cost four billion U.S.
Trains can travel at a designed speed of 120 km per hour.
Chinese railway builders help locals along
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Social responsibility has been highlighted in the construction of
the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, with two Chinese railway firms paving roads and
digging wells along the route to improve locals’ lives.
The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, also known as Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway,
opened service on Wednesday to become the latest testament to the Sino-African
The 752.7-km line was constructed by China Railway Group (CREC) and China
Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) with an investment of 4
billion U.S. dollars.
CREC said in a statement that it has built more than 400 kilometers of roads
for local villagers, as the line passes many villages that previously had no
Moreover, CREC has dug 19 wells and established over 20 water distribution
sites to provide free water supply to villagers.
Dong Jianfeng, chief engineer of CREC’s Ethiopia-Djibouti railway project,
said as water resources are precious in drought-ridden Ethiopia, the team has
preferred designs like culverts and bridges to retain surface runoff and
minimize damages to sites of water sources.
Through such charity acts and by hiring large numbers of local workers, the
company said they won the locals’ trust and avoid clashes over railway
China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC), which owns CCECC, also said they had
never encountered clashes with locals during the entire construction.
Li Wuliang, a manager of CCECC, said his team paid constant visits to
villages along the line, where they made donations to schools, clinics and
funded church building.
"Villagers treated us very friendly.
"Every time we arrived at a village, they treated us with the best food and
local dances," Li told Xinhua.
According to Meng Fengchao, board chairman of CRCC, the company has hired
over 20,000 local workers in Ethiopia and 5,000 in Djibouti, who made up the
majority of the construction workers.
Hailed as the "Tazara railway in a new era," the Ethiopia-Djibouti line was
the second Chinese-built transnational railway in Africa following the Tazara
railway, which links Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam with Zambia’s Kapiri Mposhi.
Unlike the Tazara railway, built in the 1970s in the form of China’s foreign
aid, the Ethiopia-Djibouti line is a commercial act, but both state-owned CREC
and CCECC have vowed to use the project to pass on the Sino-African friendship
as entrenched by the Tazara railway.
Chinese-built railways in Africa
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The
Chinese-built railway linking the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and the port of
Djibouti, which will be Africa’s first modern electrified railway, has been
inaugurated in Addis Ababa.
The 752.7 km railway, with a designed speed of 120 km per hour, took six
years to complete. It was constructed by the China Railway Group and the China
Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, with a total investment of 4 billion
The railway is expected to help landlocked Ethiopia improve access to the sea
and speed up a burgeoning industrialization process.
The railway reflects the ever strengthening cooperation between China and
Africa, and is a continuation of friendly China-Africa cooperation in railway
The following are some other key railway projects built by China in Africa
over the years.
• Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA)
Known as a monument to China-Africa friendship, TAZARA is the main rail line
connecting East Africa with the central and southern parts of Africa. China
financed and built TAZARA that covers a total length of 1,860.5 km running from
Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam in the east to New Kapiri Mposhi in central Zambia in
China deployed more than 50,000 workers who worked together with Tanzanian
and Zambian workers to complete the construction of the project in five years
and eight months before its official inauguration in 1976.
• Lobito-Luau railway in Angola
In 2015, a 1,344-km railroad project spanning Angola was complete and put
The line, built by the China Railway Construction Corporation, boasts the
fastest traveling speed in the country and will serve as a significant economic
The railway, linking the coastal city of Lobito in the west and Luau city
which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the second longest railway
built by a Chinese company for Africa after TAZARA. The railway will be linked
with the Angola-Zambia railway and the Tanzania-Zambia railway in the future.
• Abuja-Kaduna railway in Nigeria
The railway, built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation,
covers a distance of 186.5 km and links the capital city Abuja and the
northwestern state of Kaduna. It has nine stations and a designed speed of 150
km per hour.
Built in 2011, the railway became operational in July 2016. It is part of the
railway modernization initiative by Nigeria which aims to replace the existing
narrow gauge system with the wider standard gauge system, while allowing
high-speed train operations on the railway network.
•Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya
China in May 2014 signed a deal to build a rail link worth 3.8 billion
dollars between Kenya’s Mombasa and Nairobi. Around 480 km long, the project is
expected to complete in 2017.
The project, which marks the first phase of a line that is expected to cover
a distance of about 2,935 km and eventually connect Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and
South Sudan, will facilitate transportation and boost trade in the eastern
It features passenger trains with a speed of 120 km per hour and freight
trains designed to move at 80 km per hour.
• Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit (AA-LRT) in
The electrified AA-LRT was the first light railway on the African continent
with two lines of a total length of 34 km. The project, built by China Railway
Group, became operational in September 2015.
The rail service, estimated to transport about 60,000 passengers per day,
helps ease people’s travels in the Ethiopian capital.