NewsICC panel decides Algerian rail dispute

14 September, 20230

ICC panel decides Algerian rail dispute

An Algerian state agency Anesrif has reportedly defeated the bulk of a €200 million ICC claim brought by Spanish construction group OHLA over a railway project.

In 2019 the Spanish construction group Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) has pursue a €140 million arbitration against Algerian state railway investments agency Anesrif over a railway project that began in 2006.

The claim relates to a contract for the construction of the Annaba railway line. OHL was part of a consortium that was awarded a €248 million contract started in 2006 to double-track a 95-kilometre railway line between Algeria’s northeastern seaport city of Annaba and the town of Ramdane Djamel. The Spanish company owned an 85% stake in the consortium, with the rest held by Algerian state-owned enterprise Infrarail.

The work was originally envisaged to be completed in 39 months but encountered repeated delays, with reports suggesting problems in expropriating the necessary land was a factor.

OHL thus wins a dispute that began in 2019, ICC arbitration against Algeria on the construction of the Annaba railway line.

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