FCTA sets December 2017 as new date for completion of $824m Abuja Light rail

FCTA sets December 2017 as new date for completion of $824m Abuja Light rail

…seeks investors for 3 Lots

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced December 2017 as the new date for the completion of the Abuja Light Rail project.

In the bid to fast-track the completion of the project, the administration unveiled plans to concession three Lots: 4, 5 and 6 which are currently under procurement under a Design, Build and Operate basis.

The final design and construction of Lot 1 and 3 of the rail project was firstly awarded on the 25th May, 2007 to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Nigeria Limited at the cost of $841,645,898 covering 60.67km with a completion period of 48 months (2011).

According to a report obtained by BusinessDay, the scope of the project was however reviewed in August 2012 “due to deficiencies noticed in the estimations.”

Speaking on the development, Abdulhamid Suleiman, acting Secretary, FCT Transport Secretariat disclosed that “the scope of the contract was varied to $823,540,545.87 for the final design and construction of Lot 1 and 3 with a completion date of 36 months.

“This segment now covers a distance of 45.245km double track of rail line. The project has attained about 84.33 percent completion as at December, 2016,” he said.

As outlined in the documents, detailed of the work done on the project include: 45.245km double track (98 percent) completed; 12 No of stations 75 percent completed; 50 culverts 100 percent completed; 9 pedestrian overpasses 85 percent completed; 13 railway bridges 100 percent completed; 15 flyover bridges 80 percent completed; locomotive and rolling stock depot 85 percent completed; communication 67 percent completed while signalling is at 67 percent completion level.

Suleiman who reiterated the resolve of the present administration towards accelerating the project, explaimed that the feasibility study and conceptual design for the remaining Lots 4, 5 and 6 is under procurement.

According to him, the three lots are available for concession under a Design, Build and Operate basis.

The immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan had negotiated $500 million from the China Exim Bank to finance the project.

Speaking recently on the Abuja Light Rail project, Muhammad Bello, FCT Minister reiterated that his administration is working assiduously to make the Abuja light rail project operational by December 2017.

He added that all the rail corridors would be developed to boost trade and commercial activities in the territory.

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