Guinea has laid foundation stone for the construction of a 135 kilometers new railway at the presence of government officials.
The railway will connect the Dapilon terminal of the Boké port and the SMB deposits located in Santou and Houda towards the Prefecture of Telimélé. Approximately 135 kilometres long, it will consist of numerous structures including 23 bridges and 3 tunnels and level crossings – for a total cost estimated at $ 1.2 billion. The planned period for construction is over three (3) years.
Rolling stock requirements include 24 locomotives and 1,440 wagons. The line is being developed as a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) with a duration of 33 years, after which, the infrastructure will be transferred to the Guinean State.
The Consortium building this railway includes three partners operating in Guinea in the fields of extraction, production and transport of bauxite including the company under Singapore law Winning Shipping Ltd (shipowner), UMS (transportation and logistics company) and Shandong Weiqiao, a leading Chinese aluminum company with 160,000 employees and annual sales of US $ 45 billion.
The commissioning of this railway will enable SMB to transport 30 million tonnes of bauxite per year at full capacity and will reinforce Guinea’s position in the international bauxite market. In addition to the transport of bauxite, the railway will be an excellent tool for opening up the entire area crossed, particularly for agricultural products, and may encourage the development of tourism.
In terms of local benefits, the construction of this railway will allow the creation jobs, the training of many Guineans and will benefit many Guinean companies engaged as service providers on this major infrastructure project.
To ensure that the CSR policy applied to the construction of this railway meets the highest international standards, the SMB-Winning Consortium relies on two partners of excellence in the field: the Society of Environmental and Social Expertise (SEES) and the international law firm Louis Berger. (Source, Railways Africa)