Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), in cooperation with Algerian group ETRHB HADDAD, has been awarded a €1.23bn ($1.7bn) rail contract by the Algerian Government.
The contract includes the construction of a 66km railway line, which will be a part of the line linking Oued Tlélat to the Moroccan border and connecting the city of Tlemcen with the frontier post at Akkid Abbas.
This portion of the line is scheduled to be completed within 48 months.
The project also involves the construction of a double-tracked electrified line for a maximum rated speed of 220 km/hr, equipped with signalling and telecommunications systems.
The construction of a new passenger station in Maghnia, along with construction of 34 viaducts and nine tunnels, is also part of the project.
The planned work is part of the economic development programme for 2009-2014 with a budget of about $150bn and has been awarded through the Agence National de Études et Suivi de Réalisations des Investissements Ferroviaires (Anesrif).