Press release RFR Contract

PR Newswire/Les Echos/ 
Boulogne, February 4, 2013 
                            PRESS RELEASE 
Colas Rail and its consortium partners have been awarded a contract to build 
the first two lines on the RFR high-speed railway network in Tunis, Tunisia 
Colas Rail and its consortium partners Siemens and the Tunisian company
Somatra-Get have secured a contract involving the construction of the first two
lines (D & E) on the RFR highspeed railway network in Tunis, Tunisia, for a
total of 20 km. 
Colas Rail will be in charge of track, catenary networks, power supply, remote
surveillance and data collecting system, depot equipment and system 
integration. 
The total contract value amounts to 145 million euros, with 86 million euros
earmarked for Colas Rail. A consortium of international backers - including the
European Investment Bank (EIB), the Agence Française du Développement (AFD)
and German banking institution KFW - are co-financing the project, along with
the Tunisian Government. 
Work is slated to begin mid 2014 at the earliest and is scheduled to last 46
months. 
The project - a first-ever for Colas Rail in Tunisia - is yet another 
successful endeavor for the company in the Middle East and North Africa, 
following the Algiers metro extension contract secured end 2012. In fact, Colas
Rail has had a long-standing foothold in the MENA region, since it began 
building the Cairo, Egypt metro in 1981. The rail specialist has also built the
Rabat tramway and a section of the Casablanca tramway in Morocco. 
The Colas Group (www.colas.com)
The Colas Group is a leader in the construction and maintenance of transport
infrastructure. With 66,000 employees throughout 800 works centers and 1,400
materials production sites (aggregates, emulsion, asphalt, bitumen) in nearly 
50 countries on five continents, the Group performs some 110,000 projects each
year.
In 2011, Colas posted 12.4 billion euros of consolidated revenue (42% outside 
of France). The Group share of net profit amounted to 336 million euros. 
Press contacts:
Delphine Lombard (tel. 33 1 47 61 76 17) lombard@siege.colas.fr 
                  
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