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Ethiopian capital city rail construction built by Chinese enterprises began trial operation



On February 1, Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa urban light rail (phase I) built by China Railway Group Limited began trial operation, the project is thefirst modern light rail in East Africa,and it is also China's first urban rail transit construction projects in Africa.

Addis Ababa city light rail (phase one) totally used the technical standards of China railway construction, the line is 31 km’s long, two-line designed, the maximum speed is 70 km per hour. It provides an increase of more than 5,000 jobs for the local in construction period.Trains are expected to take 7000 passengers every day that will greatly ease the traffic pressures in Addis Ababa.

Addis Ababa is the headquarters of the African Union. The completion of urban light rail will also help boost the international image of Ethiopia.

About China Railway Group Limited

China Railway predecessor was founded in March 1950 of the General Administration of PRC Ministry of Railway Engineering and Design Bureau, Ministry of Railways in 1958 into the basic construction of Administration, July 1, 1989, to form China Railway Engineering Corporation , since May 2003 under the management of SASAC, the central large backbone enterprises. In September 2007, the overall restructuring of China Railway Group Limited was founded in December of that year 3 and 7 respectively in Shanghai and Hong Kong-listed. 

China Railway business coverage survey design, construction and installation, industrial manufacturing, real estate development, mineral resources, financial investment and other fields, the total assets of 311.8 billion yuan, net assets of 66.36 billion yuan, is the world's second-largest construction contractor, For seven consecutive years to enter the world top 500 enterprises in 2010 ranked No. 137. At present, China Railway in the top 500 Chinese enterprises in nine, in the central business ranked No. 6.