Ethiopian Railways Corp. (ERC) Railway Project, Ethiopia

The project includes approx. 400 km of new railway and is part of a larger national railway investment in Ethiopia. The present route is of strategic importance as it will tie together the northern, central and eastern parts of the country.

The project includes:

  • Railway development between the cities of Awash and Weldia in Ethiopia.

The trains will run on electricity. The railway is expected to have positive effects on the environment and also contribute to social development. For example, diesel-powered road transport is expected to be transferred to the railway. Most of the area where the railway line will be drawn is sparsely populated. In a few places, the railroad will be drawn through or adjacent to sensitive natural environments.

The Ethiopian railway project is classified as a category A-project. Additional information on the environmental and social impacts are available in the following web links:

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Reports, 2011-2012

Environmental and Social Action Plan, draft, February 2014

Independent review of the Ethiopian Railway Project against environmental and social performance standards, June 2014 (revised version)


The information was published on EKN´s website on Mars 14th, 2014. Comments on the project can be made within at least 30 days. This procedure is in accordance with the OECD Recommendation on Common Approaches for Export Credit Agencies (ECAs).

Web page last updated 21 Sep 2020