CCECC lays 100km of tracks on the Abuja-Kaduna Railway line
The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has marked a milestone in the completion of the Abuja to Kaduna standard rail track. The track laying which commenced in July 2013 reached a milestone of 100km this month, leaving 86kms of track to be laid before the completion of the project in December 2014.
The 186km rail line between Abuja and Kaduna will be the first operational standard gauge in Nigeria. When completed, the $849 million project will reduce travel time between the nation’s capital, Abuja and Kaduna. The Chinese government provided a concessionary loan of 500 million dollars for this project, while the Nigerian government provided the balance.
Trains on this route are expected to travel at up to 150km/hour and about 5000 people will be transported daily. It will also carry cargoes of up to 3 million tons annually. The project is expected to de-congest the growing capital city, allowing people to work in Abuja and live in the less expensive Kaduna. The contract is also being executed by the CCECC.