Morocco’s ONCF Releases Tenders for Zenata-Kenitra Rail Link

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Morocco’s national railway authority ONCF has issued a tender for the construction of aMorocco’s ONCF Releases Tenders for Zenata-Kenitra Rail Link section of the planned third railway track linking the city of Zenata and Kenitra as per business information, news and intelligence provider website MEED.
Zenata-Kenitra rail link project contract covers infrastructure works for third track and its tender includes work between Mohammedia and KM30 and forms part of the wider investment program to increase the capacity of the Tangier-Marrakech railway line.
Visitation of the project site will take place on November 12 while due date of submission of technical and financial bids is on November 28.
Financing for the project was secured from the African Development Bank in December 2010. The bank lent the ONCF a five-year investment loan of €300m ($406.7m). Total project costs amounted to €438.2m, with the remainder of the funds to be raised by the rail authority.
Increased rail capacity is needed to meet Morocco’s anticipated growth in demand for freight transportation capacity, particularly given the increasing amount of shipping traffic passing through the port of Tangier.