ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- "We seek to build a
perfect engineering project as the goal," Yuan Li, chairman of China
Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), which is one
of the two Chinese companies that built the Ethio-Djibouti
railway project, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Running a distance of 752.7 km, the Ethio-Djibouti railway
project links the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and
Djibouti’s Red Sea port city.
As Africa’s first modern electrified railway, the project, an
awe-inspiring work of the century, has been constructed by China
Railway Engineering Co. and CCECC, which invested their
innovative technology to achieve exceptional quality of the
Harar, a city with dominant Islamic architecture, is located
on a hilltop in the eastern extension of the Ethiopian Highlands
at an elevation of 1,885 meters.
In the year 2013, a group of Chinese were brave enough to
expose themselves in the scorching sun light in Harar city and
since then they have frequently visited there.
They would go to the streets and sometimes stop to look
around; they would sometimes be immersed in thinking or hold
These were Chinese railway technicians, who were looking for
inspiration for a train station in the city of Dire Dawa, which
has now been built along the Ethio-Djibouti railway line.
The station is shaped like a "gate," with shorter wings.
The front of the waiting hall are tall arched doors in solemn
and elegant Islamic architectural style.
The Chinese technicians had an inspiration of transforming
the Dire Dawa station into a hub of fine art with artistic
They aimed to incorporate Ethiopia’s ancient architectural
features into the station, and at the same time also reflect the
vitality of the modern Ethiopia.
Every time they visit the place, the Chinese technicians
would carefully improve and contemplate the station’s design
again and again.
Having been revised for at least five times, the design of
the Dire Dawa station has, finally, been highly acclaimed and
welcomed by Ethiopian railway officials.
During the inauguration of the Ethio-Djibouti railway in
Addis Ababa on Oct. 5, 2016, Ethiopian Prime Minister
Hailemariam Desalegn, hailed the works of the Chinese railway
company, and commended the Chinese government and people for the
cooperation and support for the successful construction of the
"The Ethio-Djibouti railway fully demonstrates the technical
capacity of Chinese companies," said the prime minister.
Not only serious about their artistically fine works, the
Chinese workers have also carried out the project with great
care to local community’s concerns and high attention to
On Aug. 10, 2014, after receiving a telephone call from some
local villagers who worried that their livestock could not cross
the railway in flock, the project administrator immediately sent
a task group to look into the situation.
Later, the railway construction personnel patiently explained
to the villagers that they would design a 3 meter by 3.5 meter
culverts, so that camels and other large animals can pass
This solution received a positive response from the
There are two culverts per kilometer built by CCECC, with
nearly 750 of them in total.
Some of the culverts are large enough and become dedicated
Livestock and camels and other wild animals can cross freely.
Environmental protection is also an important issue linked to
the project, and the Chinese companies have gone all out to
build a green transport channel.
"As the ecological environment is fragile in Africa,
pollution cannot be ignored, especially the mud," said a Chinese
expert from the project department.
The large quantity of mud driven out by concrete can easily
If farmers reuse contaminated water for irrigation, crops
will be damaged.
The Chinese team decided to discharge all the mud to a
designated location, which is an excavated mud pool.
When the construction is completed, the mud pool would be
filled and restored to the original appearance.
In the construction of the project, not only mud was given
due attention, even the soil cannot be arbitrarily carried out.
When building roadbed, Chinese companies strictly used soil
within a limited area, preventing pollution of the environment.
They also paid a lot of attention to reclamation and greening
During a ceremony held in Djibouti, the Ethiopian prime
minister said the project would significantly boost development
of the two countries and enhance their contribution to global
"This magnificent project will play an indispensable role in
achieving our full-scale economic growth ...
"This railway line will improve the socio-economic landscape
of the two countries," he said.
approves infrastructure loan agreement with Chinese bank
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a
250-million-U.S.-dollar loan agreement made with China’s
Export-Import (Exim) Bank to finance major infrastructure
construction in the country.
The loan agreement, already approved by the Ethiopian House
of Peoples’ Representatives, the lower house, would finance
supply and construction of 400-kv power transmission projects of
Genale Dawa III-Yirgalem II-Wolayita Sodo II-Hawassa II in the
southern part of Ethiopia.
The agreement, signed in December in China, is composed of
two major parts: 195 million dollars for building the
transmission line and the remaining about 54 million dollars for
undertaking major substation parts of the project.
The Ethiopian Electric Power and China Engineering
Corporation Limited have entered into agreement for Genale Dawa
III-Yirgalem II-Wolayita Sodo II-Hawassa II back in September
2014, and another supplementary contract agreement a year after
the first agreement.
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