China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has won the US$ 12 billion contract for construction of the Nigerian Coastal Railway Project. The 650 km route will run between Calabar in the East of the country to Lagos in the West, via Port Harcourt, Warri and Benin City.

CRCC says the project is equivalent to 1,402 km of single track railway and that the design speed for trains will be 120 km/h. The final contract was signed following the agreement of a framework contract with the Federal Ministry of Transport for Nigeria, signed in May this year.

The deal comes just weeks after CRCC saw a contract for a high-speed rail project in Mexico cancelled following concerns about the bidding procedure.

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