Nigeria Awards US$916 Million Rolling Stock Contract

The equipment is for the under-construction Kano-Maradi/Kano-Dutse railway.

By Liz Bains on
20th July 2023

Nigeria’s Ministry of Transportation has awarded Mota-Engil Nigeria a US$916 million contract to supply rolling stock for the under-construction Kano-Maradi/Kano-Dutse railway in West Africa.

The delivery and commissioning of the rolling stock will take place over the next 48 months.

Mota-Engil Nigeria is building the single-track, standard-gauge line after winning a US$1.9bn contract in 2021.

The railway run for 284km between Kano in northern Nigeria and Maradi in the south of Niger, with a 93km branch line linking Kano to Dutse in Jigawa state. 

The new line will connect landlocked Niger into Nigeria’s rail network and give access to its ports. The trains will run at up to 160km an hour.

The project includes the construction of 20 railway stations, five maintenance yards and workshops, 52 railway bridges, 75 road overpasses and 6 road underpasses, as well as track, signalling and communication works, according to Portugal’s Quadrante, the engineering consultant. 

Construction of the railway is expected to be finished in 2025. The site clearance works have recently been completed.

Mota-Engil Nigeria is a 51:49 joint venture between the local Shoreline Group and Portugal’s Mota-Engil.

Top photo: Railway (© Aleksandr Puludi | Dreamstime)

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