The Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation said that it has imported some 130 wagons for the Addis Ababa-Dewelle Railway Project and is now about to assemble. The 756-kilometers Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway project is expected to begin trial service in October 2015. Logistic and Supply Deputy Manager with the corporation, Major Kiflom Gebre-Mariam told ENA that the corporation has assembled 60 per cent spare parts for the light railway in the capital city. The corporation has planned to produce cross-country carriages; and preparations are finalized to assemble 130 carriages in Dire Dawa, he added. The industry has been working hard to realize the country’s vision by producing electric trains, Major Kiflom said, stating that additional 400 carriages will soon be assembled in the country. The deputy manager, who recalled the launching of the industry with 38 million USD capital, noted that it has reached the level of assembling wagons for the Addis Ababa-Dewelle Railway Project. Besides effecting technological transfer, the corporation has created jobs for over 234 citizens, it was learned.
SOURCE : All Africa