Chinese-built rail links Addis Ababa to sea
Oct 15, 2016: China-funded 751-kilometre railroad linking the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and a Gulf of Aden port at Djibouti has been completed and is officially opened. Trains are now rolling on this Chinese-built railway linking.
The $4 billion railroad was built by Chinese contractors and equipped with China-made machinery and rolling stock shipped to Africa by a variety of project cargo specialists. The construction project began in 2010.
Chinese state media said the network is the first, electrified railway built with Chinese equipment and according to Chinese standards in Africa. It’s expected to cut overland travel time for passengers and freight between Addis Ababa and Djibouti to 10 hours from seven days.
A railroad in Kenya linking that country’s capital Nairobi with its biggest seaport Mombasa is currently being built by Chinese companies.Photo: Ethiopia’s new, Chinese-built railroad has opened