Saturday, June 12, 2010

Libyan Rail Freight And Passenger System To Modernise

Russian Rail Company Project Under Way
Shipping News Feature

LIBYA – RUSSIA – Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin is currently visiting Libya for the opening in Tripoli of Libya’s first international railway exhibition and conference, LIREX 2010. The exhibition will involve representatives of railway companies and administrations of virtually every major country. Mr Yakunin also attended the ceremonial opening of a rail-welding plant in the town of Ras Lanuf, built under Russian Railways’ contract for the construction of the Sirt – Benghazi railway line. The expected production capacity of the enterprise is 500 km of track per year, and the maximum capacity is 700 km of track per year.

On 17 April 2008, an agreement was signed by Libyan Railways and Russian Railways on the construction of a line linking Sirt and Benghazi, after Russian Railways won a tender held by Libya’s national committee for organizing, managing and implementing railway projects, having offered the best project proposal in terms of price-quality ratio.

Under the project, a modern high-speed (up to 250 km/h) railway line with track gauge of 1435 mm will be built between Sirt and Benghazi, running along the Mediterranean coast and linking the main cities of Libya, and in the future becoming part of the international transport corridor of North Africa. In the first stage of the project, the train speed on the line will be up to 160 km/h, and in the second stage, after track electrification, up to 250 km/h.The contract runs for four years, and is worth 2.2 billion euros.