On June 16, 2021, the opening ceremony of the Dapilon-Santou Railway (Dapilon-Santou Railway) was successfully held at the Port of Dapilon.
The President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé, welcomed the efficacy of Winning Consortium in building the Dapilon-Santou Railway, while expressing his expectations for the future development of Simandou's project.
Crossing the Boké and Boffa regions, this 125-kilometer railway is intended to link the Santou II and Houda deposits to the river port of Dapilon. The new line includes 21 bridges, two tunnels and six deposits and is the first line built in the country since the 1970.
SMB's total investment in the Boffa-Boké project reaches US$ 3 billion, making it a major and structuring project for Guinea. It includes construction of this railway line and operation of the Santou II and Houda deposits, construction and operation of an alumina refinery subject to favorable results after a feasibility study, as well as the creation of a of an agricultural growth corridor along the railway line.
The completion and operation of the Railway will help strengthen Guinea's dominant position in the global bauxite market and it will also be used to transport other industrial and agricultural products in the later stage, contributing more value to the promotion of local economic and social development.
In addition, SMB-Winning Consortium will develop an agricultural corridor along the railway to enhance the local economic diversity and create more wealth and employment opportunities for surrounding communities.
The estimated contribution of SMB-Winning Consortium project to Guinea’s GDP is about 10%.
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