The CITAL joint venture of Alstom, Entreprise du métro d’Alger and Ferrovial marked the official inauguration of its Citadis assembly and maintenance facility in Annaba, Algeria, on 12 May.
CITAL was established in 2011 to assemble and maintain Citadis trams for Algerian cities and the wider North African market, and the 46 000m² facility employs 90 full-time workers. CITAL employs around 200 staff in total in Algeria, with the remainder based across the country maintaining the trams already in service in Algiers, Oran and Constantine.
Twenty trams have already been assembled at the site, which has the capacity to produce five trams per month.
CITAL expects more than 210 Citadis trams to be assembled in Annaba for cities like Constantine, Oran, Ouargla, Mostaganem, Sidi Bel Abbès, Sétif, Batna and Annaba and will recruit hundreds of new employees in the coming years.
CITAL is owned by Ferrovial (41%), EMA (10%), Alstom Algeria (6%) and Alstom SA (43%).