Yapı Merkezi laid the foundation of the 391 Km Railway Project in Ethiopia: The Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebaya Railway Project, which we will build in Ethiopia, was held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Kombolcha. The ceremony was held by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Transport Minister Werkneh Gebeyehu, President of Ethiopian Railways Administration. Arkebe Oqubay, General Manager of Ethiopian Railways Administration. Getachew Betren of Turkey in Addis Ababa, Ambassador Osman Reza Yavuzalp, Ministry of Economy representatives, Yapi Merkezi Holding Board are Chairman of the Board Arıoğlu, Chairman of Yapı Merkezi Construction Board Awesome Arıoğlu, Board members Koksal Anadol and Emre Aykar, General Manager Libby Arıoğlu, YMCA team and creditor bank representatives.
In the ceremony which started with the monitoring of the project film, the world-famous Ethiopian jazz artist The fusion show prepared by Mulatu Astatke, a mixture of Turkish and Ethiopian local music, was watched with interest. In this demonstration, Fikret Ataşalan (map engineer), Cafer Yıldız (topographer) and Ali Yıldız (loader operator) played on the construction site and played as a soloist. The ceremony then continued with speeches. A history tube was placed in the triangulation point with the band and the foundation was laid.
With the Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebaya Railway Project, an important part of Ethiopia's development plans, our company became the first Turkish construction company to undertake an important project in Ethiopia.
In addition, the Building Center, Turk Eximbank to finance the project by bringing together European and European financiers, of making a financial cooperation between Turkey and Ethiopia also has taken the first step. 1.7 billion US dollars in the project's cost with financing agreements, the Turkish Eximbank is also a good example for strong ties between Turkey and Ethiopia and proactive export model.
The project, which will start from the northeast of Awash city and continue to the north and reach Weldia through Kombolcha city, is strategically important as it brings together the northern and eastern economic regions of Ethiopia. The railway will connect the north railway, from Mekelle to Hara Gebeya and Tadjourah, with the central railway line between Addis and Djibouti, a major corridor for passenger and freight traffic and import and export products from Djibouti Port. In addition, the construction of the Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebaya Railway will play an important role in ensuring the connection between the northern part and the center of the country.
All design and construction works; In addition to excavation, viaducts, bridges, tunnels, rail laying, stations, warehouse and repair-maintenance area, energy supply, catenary, signaling, communication, OCC & SCADA, the training of the personnel will be done by Yapı Merkezi. The project has a broad scope with Turkey is also an important international milestone for property construction and rail industries.