Thyssenkrupp, one of the world's largest steelmakers, is to head a multi-billion-dollar railway project that will link Juba in southern Sudan with Gulu in northern Uganda. The project, which the firm says will see between $US2 and 3 billion invested in laying the rail network alone, is to cover 725km. ThyssenKrupp is involved via its Gleistechnik subsidiary, along with the United States firm Ayr Logistics and the Russian engineering firm MosMetrostroy. An option for
an extension of the line to Wau in southern Sudan and links to Kenya and Ethiopia are under consideration.