Addis Ababa, November 19, 2015 (FBC) – The new Ethio-Djibouti railway line is going to transport wheat from Port Djibouti to Adama town as of tomorrow.
Additional wheat, which the government of Ethiopia had bought for people affected by the El Nino-driven drought, has reached at Port Djibouti.
The Ethio-Djibouti railway project, linking Addis Ababa with the port of Djibouti, is being built in two sections in Ethiopia – the first segment extends from Sebeta–Meiso, while the second one extends from Meiso-Dewele.
Some 93.5 per cent of the project (both Sebeta–Meiso and Meiso-Dewele) has been completed, according to the Ethiopian Railways Corporation.
The Dewele-Negad section in Djibouti, which is also part of the railway route, has now achieved 91 percent completion status, including a 50 per cent accomplishment of installation of power cable.
Only five months are left for the railway line to go fully operational, it was noted.
However, the railway line will begin carrying the wheat procured to avert the drought from Port Djibouti beginning tomorrow.
The trains, capable of carrying 3,500 tons of wheat in one journey, will use diesel fuel as installation of power cable is not yet completed, it was noted.
Dr. Engineer Getachew Betru, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ethiopian Railways Corporation, said the trains can carry all the wheat from the port within ten days.
According to the CEO, more than 1 million tons of food aid is arriving at the port of Djibouti and the trains will be used to transport it to Adama town.
The 9th Ethio-Djibouti Railway project joint ministerial commission meeting was held today. During the meeting, progress of the project was evaluated, it was noted.
The 656-km Ethio-Djibouti railway line is being built at a total cost of 3.4 billion US dollars.
Once completed, the railway line will add momentum to Ethiopia’s economy by reducing transportation cost and travel time to port Djibouti.
Translated and posted by Amare Asrat