Ethiopia first in sub-Saharan Africa to launch light rail
Saturday September 26 2015
The light rail railway system was launched in Addis Ababa. PHOTO | ANADOLU AGENCY
The project, which cost $475 million was launched in 2012, was built by China’s Eryuan Engineering Group. China’s Export-Import (Exim) Bank provided a loan to cover 85 per cent of the project, with the remaining 15 per cent financed by the Ethiopian government.
The tram system will be powered by 160MW of electricity supplied mainly from overhead wires, from its own dedicated grid supported by four substations.