Algeria - Supplementary Loan New El Achir Tunnel

Project Summary

Approval Date 20 Nov 2000
Signature Date 05 Oct 2001
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2003
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2003
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21030
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 4,508,521.31
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present project is a UA 21.53 million supplementary loan to complete the new El Achir Tunnel construction project. The project is helping to meet the demand for rail transport of people and goods across the country. The initial cost overrun is mainly owing to the unforeseeable geological difficulties. Notwithstanding the cost overrun and the implementation delays, the viability of the project remains assured. Its completion, which will be facilitated by the provision of the supplementary loan, will develop the modernization investments made on the North ring road, thereby contributing to enhance the competitiveness of the railway and to achieve the targeted objectives. The initial project components remain unchanged, except the inclusion of an item on security installations to protect the site and its installations, in view of the security situation.

Project Objectives

At the sectoral level, the project aims at upgrading the transport sector by increasing its efficiency and quality of services. The project objective is to contribute to satisfying railway transport demand for goods and passengers on the north bypass under excellent security and regular conditions. The project aims particularly at clearing the bottleneck on the current El Achir tunnel passage for railway operation.


The main beneficiaries of the sustainable development of rail transport are the National Railway Transport Company (SNTF), users and traders.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Algeria


IATI identifier 46002-P-DZ-DC0-002
Last Update 29 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Geographic Location

Country Algeria
Coordinates Location Name
36.06386 4.62744 El Achir