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    His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan formally inaugurated his country's latest railway line on Monday (6 October).

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    His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan formally inaugurated his country's latest railway line on Monday (6 October). Known up to now as the Aqaba Railway Project, the line is 166 miles 268 kilometres) long, and links the phosphate mines at Al-Hassa with the port of Aqaba in southern Jordan.

    The railway, which was jointly financed by the Jordanian Government and the West German Government, is already capable of transporting 1.6 million tons of phosphates a year. It is expected to reduce the transportation costs of Jordan's phosphate industry and thereby make it more competitive on World markets.

    Last year Jordan earned a considerable amount of revenue from the 1.4 million tons of phosphates which it exported. Now that the Aqaba Railway is functioning, it will mean that last year's production figures could be beaten quite easily.

    The West German Government is shortly expected to announce another loan to Jordan for the building of phosphate stores at Aqaba port. It is also planned to use the line for transporting goods from Aqaba, and also to use it for tourist trains from Amman to Aqaba.

    SYNOPSIS: Jordan's first industrial railway project has been completed an it was formally opened on Monday. The new line links the main depot here at Aqaba Port and the Al-Hassa phosphate mines, a hundred and sixty-six miles away.

    The railway, which was jointly financed by the Jordanian Government and the West German Government, is already capable of transporting one point six million tons of phosphates a year.

    The inaugural ceremony, which took place at the Aqaba end of the line, was carried out by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan. Also present was Herr Eugon Bar, the West German Minister of Co-operation and Development. The line is expected to reduce transportation costs.

    This will make Jordan's phosphate production industry more competitive in the world markets. Last year Jordan earned a considerable amount of revenue from the one point four million tons of phosphates which it exported. The line will also be used for transporting other goods from Aqaba Port and tourist trains from Amman.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA18Q4ZKTHG9BVHLFIQWR1IJQSF
    Media URN:
    VLVA18Q4ZKTHG9BVHLFIQWR1IJQSF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
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