Ethiopia: Drilling of longest tunnel at Awash-Hara Gebeya-Mekele Railway Project completed

Drilling of the 1.6 km Kor Meda tunnel, the longest of the six tunnels which will be built at the Awash-Hara Gebeya Mekele railway project, has been fully completed, the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC) said.

Engineer Abdulkerim Mohammed Aman, Project Manager at the Corporation, said the construction of five tunnels has so far been completed. Drilling of the remaining tunnel will be finalized in two weeks time.

The Awash-Woldia-Hara Gebeya Mekele railway project, being built at a cost of 1.7 billion US dollars by Yapi Merkezi, a company based in Turkey, is 45 percent complete now.

According to FBC, he new railway line will connect northern Ethiopia with central region. It will also link the northern and eastern transportation network of Ethiopia.

In addition to the six tunnels, the Awash-Woldia-Hara Gebeya-Mekele railway project includes the construction of three terminal stations and six intermediate stations.

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