Eritrea: SFECO to Build New 134Km Adi Guadad-Akordet Highway

Ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of the 30Km central Habela-Cheatat section of the new 134 Km Adi Guadad-Akordet, two-lane asphalt Road held today in Habela.


The first phase of the construction of the Adi Guadad-Akordet, two-lane, 134 km new asphalt road was launched at a ceremony held today, 11 November in Habela.

The first phase of the construction of the new road by Chinese Company ‘SFECO’ is expected to be accomplished within two years and will cover 30 km from Habela to Cheatat.

At the launching ceremony in which Mr. Hagos Gebrehiwet, head of the PFDJ Economic Affairs took part, the Minister of Public Works, Mr. Abraha Asfeha indicates that the old road connecting Asmara with Gash Barka region passing through Keren was very narrow and with rolling mountainous topography that limits the driving speed and open to high risk.

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Mr. Abraha went on to say that the new road will be of a high standard and it will shorten the existing Asmara-Akordet road by 20 km and that will have strategic economic importance.

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Mr. Yang Zigang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Eritrea indicating that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1993, Eritrea and China cooperation has been strengthened continuously.

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He also said that the ‘SFECO’ Construction Company has vast experience and capacity to construct the road and is expected the Eritrean nationals that join the program will gain substantial experience.
This mountainous segment will be constructed on the basis of the Chinese Government concessional loan.

From August 20th – 23rd, Mr. Zhou Wei, the Chief Engineer, led an inspection team made the check upon delivery of the first batch of equipment, such as bulldozers, loaders and road rollers for the Eritrean Highway Project. The delivery ceremony was held after check.



On August 28th, the test explosion of the Eritrean Highway project undertaken by SFECO was successfully completed. As the first phase of the project, the highway is about 30 kilometers long and designed as a two-way two-lane road.


On September 14th, the first shipment of equipment and materials for the Eritrean Highway project undertaken by SFECO sailed from Port Nangang, Shanghai. It arrives at the port of Massawa starting mid-October.