Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

Ethiopia-Djibouti railway completed

ABN – The ceremonial last track of the new 756 kilometre Ethiopia-Djibouti railway has been laid in Djibouti.

The county’s president Ismail Omar Guelleh cut the ribbon at the ceremony as the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) laid the final track.

China financed the project, which links Addis Ababa to Djibouti’s port capital.

Currently the journey time between the two capitals takes two days, however when the railway comes into action in October this time will be cut to 10 hours.

Ethiopia Transport minister Workneh Gebeyehu said: “The construction and completion of this railway project will revamp the already existing strong bilateral relationship between our two countries into the highest stage that will guarantee the realization of our dreams of integration not only of our two economies but also the economies of East and Horn of African region.” 


Siemens to build gas & wind projects in Egypt

ABN – German conglomerate Siemens has been awarded contracts worth US$9 billion to construct gas and wind power plants in Egypt.

The order, set to boost Egypt’s power generation capacity by 16.4 gigawatts, is the biggest in Siemens’ history.

It includes three ready-to-use gas-steam power machines with a total capacity of 4.8 gigawatts, which will begin operation in 2017.

Up to 12 wind farms will be developed, including the construction of 600 wind turbines with a total capacity of 2 gigawatts at the Suez channel and in the Western Nile region.

The wind turbine blades will be manufactured within the North African country, creating 1,000 jobs.


South Africa halts Metsimaholo sewerage work

ABN – South Africa’s national department of water affairs has halted the construction of Metsimaholo’s controversial raw sewerage pipeline.

The pipeline will stretch from Refengkgotso into the Vaal Dam.

The department has demanded that the municipality complies with the National Water and Water Services Acts.

Metsimaholo municipality must now apply for the relevant authorisation and licences.

James Letuka, DA member of the Free State legislature, said: "It was a close call. The municipality was determined to complete the project in record time.

“Pumping raw sewerage into the Vaal Dam would have polluted the environment and poisoned a critically important fresh water source, compromising the drinking water quality of millions of South Africans.

"As far as I know, no impact studies were done before construction. The pipes, leading from Refengkgotso over a distance of three kilometres, have reached the dam.

"They only have to connect the pipes across the road before they can start pumping."


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