Multinational - Feasibility Study for The Proposed Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Connecting Ethiopia and Sudan

Project Summary

Approval Date 05 Nov 2019
Signature Date 23 Mar 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21030
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 2,334,248.13
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Feasibility Study for the Proposed Standard Gauge Railway Connecting Ethiopia and Sudan. This study is to determine whether, and under what conditions a railway line between Ethiopia and Sudan is technically, financially, economically, socially and environmentally viable. The railway line will link Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Khartoum in Sudan, and extend to Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast. The transport sector goal is to contribute towards the socio-economic development by providing an efficient and effective transport system in Ethiopia and Sudan. The generally accepted route is Addis Ababa-Awash-Kombolcha-Weldiya, on to Wereta – Gonder – Metema – Galabat - Gadarif – Kassala – Haiya and to the Port of Sudan, a total estimated distance of 1,522 km. The Study is to finance the preparation of a full feasibility study of the proposed SGR between Ethiopia and Sudan. This will cover technical, economic and financial viability, social and environmental impact assessment, and alternative financing modalities including Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the study is to prepare the Ethiopia Sudan Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project for investment financing.


The main beneficiaries of the feasibility study are the two governments (Ethiopia and Sudan) who will have a sound basis for deciding whether to move ahead with the investment project. The governments will also benefit from the due diligence coming out of the study to attract funding from various sources including development partners and the private sector.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DC0-027
Last Update 23 Jan 2021


Contact Details

Name CHIRWA Mtchera Johannes

Geographic Location

Country Multinational