Portuguese and Chinese consortiums compete for construction of Algerian highway

24 January 2006

Algiers, Algeria, 24 Jan – Two Chinese consortiums, one Portuguese and one Italian consortium are to learn in six months’ time which will build a section of a motorway in Algeria, North Africa, representing an investment of US$7 billion, officials said in Algiers.

The Chinese proposals were put forward by construction companies CSCEC and CETIC and the Portuguese proposal was made by Luso Grouppe which brings together Mota-Engil, Soares da Costa, Lena, Tâmega, Adriano, Monte e Monte, Coba, OPCA, MSF, Edifer, Abrantina, Conduril, Eusébios e Casais

The proposals for the West section of the East-West highway were opened at a public meeting carried out Monday in Algiers.

As well as the consortiums already mentioned a US consortium led by construction company Bechtel has put forward a proposal and a French-German joint-venture has proposed to build the highway’s central section.

The proposals for the Central section of the highway have already been handed in, but have not yet been opened.

The highway’s Western section is 359 kilometers long and links the city of Chlef to the Moroccan border while the Central section is 200 kilometers long.

The East-West highway, which will cross the whole of Algeria, will have a total length of 1,216 kilometers.

Work is due to start on the new sections of the highway later this year after the concessions are granted. The work is expected to be finished by April 2009. (macauhub)