France's Alstom to build US$1.5 billion Baghdad metro
Source: BI-ME with Reuters , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 11:04 pm

IRAQ. A five-year project for French engineering group Alstom to build an above-ground urban metro line in Baghdad will cost $1.5 billion and be funded by the French government and banks, Iraqi officials said on Monday.

The planned line, with a capacity to carry 30,000 passengers an hour, will have 22 km (13 miles) of track and 14 stations linking northern Baghdad districts with the city centre, the Baghdad provincial governor's office said in a statement.

It would help to ease congestion in the war-battered Iraqi capital, whose many military checkpoints cause traffic jams.

France's Alstom signed a memorandum of understanding for the deal in January.

A follow-up agreement signed in Baghdad on Monday paved the way for French financing for the project.

"The company has obtained agreement from several French banks and the French government to implement this project," Shaker al-Zamili, head of the Baghdad Investment Commission, told Reuters.

A final accord on the Baghdad metro project would have to be approved by the Iraqi cabinet, he added. The loan would be repaid by Iraq after the railway started operating, through a mechanism yet to be determined, Zamili added.

Railways are among a number of large-scale infrastructure projects proposed by OPEC producer Iraq since a 2003 U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein and triggered several years of chaos and sectarian violence.

In June, Iraq's southern city of Najaf awarded TransGlobim International (Globim), a privately-owned Canadian consortium, a US$600 million contract to build the country's first monorail.

Iraq's roads, railways, ports and power plants have been badly decayed by years of war, economic sanctions and underinvestment.

 

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The climate has rarely been so favourable to a resolution of the conflict. The chaos that is sweeping the Middle East has been a game-changer in relation to Israel and the Arab countries.
date:Posted: May 4, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The manager/directors of any company that is incorporated in Saudi Arabia should start to consider what changes may need to be made to the company's articles of association or bylaws.
date:Posted: May 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Emerging and startup digital banking platform technologies key to success of digital initiatives; incumbent application vendors have been slow to respond to new requirements.
SAUDI ARABIA. The manager/directors of any company that is incorporated in Saudi Arabia should start to consider what changes may need to be made to the company's articles of association or bylaws.
dhgate