A CONSORTIUM of OHL of Spain and state-owned rail construction company Infrafer has been awarded a €248·3m contract to double-track SNTF’s 95 km Annaba - Ramdane Djamel route.

Work to be completed within 39 months includes upgrading of the existing track for 160 km/h operation. OHL holds an 85% stake in the consortium and has also prequalified for contracts worth over €2bn to build three sections of new line in Algeria.

SNTF has received five bids to prequalify for a contract to undertake 25 kV AC electrification of its east-west main line from Annaba to Bordj Bou Arreridj (420 km) and from Khemis Miliana to Oran (303 km), as well as the branches from Ramdane Djamel to Skikda (19 km) and from Beni Mansour to Bejaia (88 km).

The bidders comprise Russian Railways and consortia led by Balfour Beatty Rail GmbH, Siemens, Elecnor and Alstom Transport. Bids to supply 64 EMUs have been received from Bombardier, Stadler, CAF, Alstom and Siemens.