On October 30, 2006, the modernized project—proposed Lagos~Kano Railway in Nigeria, with total investment 8.3 billion US dollars, that China Railway Construction Corporation and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) won the bidding, signed officially. FSDI, as an overall project design unit, together with other units, will construct this railway line symbolizing China-Africa friendship cooperation in the new century. It should be a congratulatory gift for Beijing Summit of China-Africa Cooperation Forum.
The proposed Lagos~Karo railway line is 1,315 km. in total length. It will link the biggest port city Lagos in Nigeria and West Africa with the economic center Kano State in the north, also connect the capital Abuja with Mi Nei and Kaduna. It will go southwards through 8 states from north to south in the West Nigeria and one capital federation district. In this area, the geographical position is important, political status is remarkable, and economical development is active. The whole line will be designed as double track, entire grade separation and closed. All automatic block interlocking system should be adopted. Nearly 54 stations and 2 rolling stock maintenance factories will be built. The designed train running speed will be 150 km /hour. It will be constructed based on China railway technical standards. This is, until now, the biggest project contracted by China Railway Construction Corporation in the international engineering market. It is also the longest modernized railway among all the contracted projects in Africa after undertaking Tanzania-Zambia Railway.
After completion of this railway, the railway modernization will be realized. It will not only improve the transportation condition enormously, promote the high-speed development of economic society powerfully, also become an important symbol of China-Africa friendship and cooperation.
In May, 2006, at the invitation of China Civil Engineering Corporation, the vice-chief engineer Xue Xingong and an expert group of FDSI went to Nigeria for an on-the-spot investigation. During that time, they obtained the introduction information about Nigerian railway situation, made an on-the-spot survey for proposed railway line in Lagos, Mi Nei, Abuja, Luokejia, Ajiaokuta, Agebao, Beining, and existent standard-gauge railway lines. The "Nigerian Railway Development Plan" and a report of proposed railway construction were finished in the beginning of June. At the end of June, the engineers from FSDI and The Second Survey & Design Institute of China Railways made an additional on-the-spot survey for the whole line, did the preliminary study for Lagos Terminal alternative and the technical alternative for Abuja station etc., and drew up initially the main principle of design. The bid document was also prepared. In order to speed up the research work in early phase, the technical personnel of aerial survey consulted with Nigerian side about the aerial surveying map, and determined the working routine. So the massive technical data and support to Nigerian government for decision-making were offered.
At present, the designers of FSDI are working whole-heartedly for the technical alternative and preparing the contract provisions, and speeding up drawing the aerial surveying maps. We hope that the construction of this railway should be carrying on as soon as possible.