Guinea: Launch of works on Conakry-Kankan railroad
25 February 2011
Last Tuesday, the first stone was laid for the railroad between Conakry and Kankan in Guinea, in the presence of the former Brazilian president Lula da Silva and Guinean president Alpha Condé.
Running for a distance of 662 km, it will facilitate the transport of goods and people across the country, and should have a major impact on the economic growth and the development of Guinea.
This project, which requires financing to the value of 600 million dollars, will be implemented by the Brazilian company Vale.
"Today is the start of the complete reconstruction of Guinea", said Alpha Condé, quoted by the Xinhua press agency.
Elsewhere, in South Africa, the companies GE and Transnet this week celebrated the introduction of the first diesel-electric locomotives using alternating current, with plans for 100, reports a GE press release.