The Sebeta/Addis Ababa-Adama-Mieso railway, which is a section of Ethiopia’s key railway project of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway being built by the China Railway Group (CREC) is nearing completion.
As the track-laying activity is approaching completion, a grand ceremony was held on Monday in Adama town about 99 km south of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, where senior government officials, diplomats, Chinese and local staff of CREC as well as residents of Adama town celebrated the landmark chapter of the project.
The Sebeta/Addis Ababa-Mieso railway project covers a total length of 329 km. The Ababa-Adama section is a double track 115 km in length while the Adama-Mieso is a single track covering 214 km.
The standard-gauge railway, which is one section of the first Ethiopia’s national railway network, has been contracted by CREC with a total cost of US$2 billion.
With a designed speed of 120km/h, the electrified-railway connects Addis Ababa with important cities of Adama, Dire Dawa, and Djibouti Port, and is the main transportation corridor for imports and exports in Ethiopia and the inland of East Africa.