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    Algeria's East-West Motorway

    A consortium formed by China's CITIC corporation and China Railway Construction Engineering Group has won the bid for an expressway project in Algeria, worth up to seven billion US dollars.

    This is the largest construction project that Chinese firms have won overseas. The 1,200-kilometer expressway straddles Algeria from east to west. It's important for the economic development of the country. Chinese officials say the victory bid is a milestone for Chinese companies, and shows Chinese firms have international levels of technology and management.

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    ....The Algerian East-West Highway will be 1,216 kilometres long, of which 927 kilometres has yet to be built.

    The two sections won by Chinese companies are 528 kilometres in total. The east section was won by a group of Japanese companies.

    The deal represents the largest volume for a single overseas contracting project and the highest technological level among all projects conducted by Chinese contractors, experts said.

    The two companies' promise to train local Algerian workers, provide jobs for local people to help Algerian companies improve project execution abilities also helped them win the deal, according to the Algerian Government.

    The success of CITIC-CRCC will help to enhance the development of bilateral economic and trade co-operation between Algeria and China, said Wu Xilin, director of the international economic co-operation department of the Ministry of Commerce.....

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    Major project for Canada's Dessau-Soprin in Algeria

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - July 11, 2006) - Dessau-Soprin, one of the most important engineering-construction firms in the country, has just obtained a major contract assisting in project management for the construction of a 1,216 km east-west highway across Algeria. This is a project without precedent for the country, as it is has been budgeted at $10 billion (US).

    Dessau-Soprin, in consortium with Autoroutes du Sud de la France (ASF) (South of France highways), a European Concession-Construction group from the VINCI group, will provide a team of certified managers, engineers and technical experts in order to help the country's Agence nationale des autoroutes (ANA - national highways agency) implement this project, during a period of 50 months.

    The highway will ensure the connection between the Tunisian border to the east and the Moroccan border to the west, and will serve the cities of Annaba, Constantine, Setif, Algiers, Oran and Tlemcen. It will cross 24 of the country's 48 wilayas (or provinces). The six-lane highway, three lanes in each direction, will comprise 60 interchanges, 538 engineering structures, including 70 major viaducts, 13 tunnels, rest areas, service stations, truck stops, as well as highway maintenance and operation centers.

    This project will allow Dessau-Soprin to once more demonstrate its capacity for managing large international projects.

    With a sales volume exceeding $300 million, Dessau-Soprin draws together more than 2,300 employees in various growth industries such as, energy, telecommunications, transport, the environment, town planning, geotechnics, management and infrastructure development, building, urban development, construction and project management. Active in 31 cities throughout Quebec and Ontario, Dessau-Soprin also has offices in Central and South America, the Antilles, and Algeria.

    A major project for Dessau-Soprin in Algeria: Management support contract for Algeria's east-west highway project

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    Financial overruns in East-West highway project

    In a meeting of the ministers’ council to be headed today by President Bouteflika, Finance Minister Mr. Mourad Medelci is presenting a report prepared by the commission of experts he chaired. In response to the President’s request, the commission had to examine the costs of the project of the East-West highway. The president had known that there were some serious financial overruns which proved that the $ 7-billion-figure announced by the Ministry of Public Works is exaggerated by 15% at least.

    The same sources explained that President Bouteflika declared “being relieved from any responsibility” as regards the deadline fixed by some ministries in the completion of some projects, among which those supposedly due in 2009.

    The president also expressed “his indignation”. The sources reported that, when addressing the ministers, he said “I am cleared of all what you said, because the foreign companies are exploiting the ministries to obtain deals by offering short deadlines and consequently exorbitant prices.

    The president further said “I am proud of having announced the projects and inaugurated their start but I would be prouder if they were achieved in accordance with international standards of quality and perfection. I don’t care if the projects are accomplished by 2009 or even before but I want to see a highway that endures for a century. This is the people’s money and we are not allowed to misuse it. I don’t feel such hurry." Because of the various and different figures given about the costs of the projects of new tunnels and bridges in Algiers, the ministry of public works is committed to accomplish a big project of building 9 new tunnels and bridges.

    Financial overruns in East-West highway project

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    Japan group wins $4.6 billion highway order in Algeria

    TOKYO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A group of five Japanese companies has won a $4.6 billion order to build a highway in Algeria in one of the biggest infrastructure deals for Japanese companies overseas, trading house Itochu Corp. said on Wednesday.

    Itochu, which won the 540 billion yen order along with general contractors Kajima Corp., Taisei Corp., Nishimatsu Construction Co. and Hazama Corp., said construction would start next month and be completed in February 2010.

    The companies will build a third of 1,200-km (745-mile) highway that will connect Algeria to Tunisia and Morocco.

    The Algerian government chose the Japanese companies over American, Chinese and Italian companies in an international bid that took place early this year, Itochu said.

    Itochu said the Algerian government preferred the Japanese plan partly because it placed an emphasis on the fact that Algeria, like Japan, was an earthquake-prone county.

    Japan group wins $4.6 billion highway order in Algeria

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    Aconex lands role in Algerian toll road

    AUSTRALIA'S Aconex has won a role in the construction of the world's largest infrastructure project — the $16 billion, 1200-kilometre toll road to be built across Algeria.

    Aconex provides a web-based documentation system for construction projects that can store and distribute millions of electronic files, removing the need for paper documents.

    Aconex director and co-founder Leigh Jasper said the company had won a contract to provide its services to the largest part of the project — the $6.6 billion eastern section. It consists of a 399-kilometre, six-lane motorway with 190 bridges and viaducts and five tunnels.

    The eastern section is to be built by a Japanese consortium led by the country's two largest construction groups, Kajima and Taisei. The other two sections of the project are to be built by two Chinese groups. Aconex is in discussion with the Chinese groups about providing its services, Mr Jasper said.

    Melbourne-based Aconex has been growing strongly. It is participating in projects worth more than $100 billion, and has offices in 23 countries, employing 150 staff.

    Eighteen months ago it was involved in projects worth $35 billion. Last year it had turnover of $12 million and Mr Jasper said he expected that figure to come in at $25 million this year.

    Other major projects using Aconex services include Macau's $5 billion Venetian Casino, the $1.6 billion Lulu Island leisure project in Bahrain, a $4.5 billion Dubai light-rail project and the $1.5 billion expansion of the Dampier to Bunbury pipeline in Western Australia.

    Mr Jasper said the Algerian project would only employ a handful of Aconex staff, but the company would undertake a training program for staff of companies doing the construction. "We are training between 1000 and 2000 people, mostly in Japan and Algeria, but also wherever else it's needed," he said.

    The Aconex system that will be established for the Algerian toll road project will be multilingual, and manage documents in Japanese, French and English.

    Aconex lands role in Algerian toll road

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    Algeria's East-West Motorway

    The East-West Motorway, which will link Annaba to Tlemcen by 2009, should have a dramatic impact on Algeria's economy, the British Oxford Business Group said Tuesday (November 7th). The new road should stimulate the setting up of companies away from Algiers and extend economic activities in a more balanced manner. The Oxford Business Group quoted Olivier Durand, country director at the Transport and Packaging Company, a subsidiary of German company IPSEN, as saying "the new motorway will increase productivity, allow big savings in time and effort and will be a fantastic asset to the Algerian economy".

    In Algeria, 85% of commercial exchanges are made by road. A total of 19 of Algeria's regions will be connected by this motorway.

    The new project is part of the government's $60 billion national economic development programme for 2005-2009.

    Algeria's East-West Motorway to have dramatic impact on economy

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