The consortium of CITIC and China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) won the bid for the western section and middle section of Algerian East-West Expressway in May 2006. The 359km-long western section was opened to traffic in October 2010, and the 169km-long middle section was completed in April 2012. It was the largest project in terms of single contract value among all the programs Chinese companies had ever gained in international engineering contracting market. The international general contract project also boasted highest single contract value, highest technical grade as well as shortest timescale compared with those of the same kind. Moreover, the project had provided job opportunities for about 100,000 Algerians and driven hundreds of Chinese enterprises on prospection, design, construction and logistics and equipment suppliers to start their business in Algeria in a direct or indirect way. It also helped export China-Made machinery and equipment worth more than 800 million dollars to Algeria, directly introduce 12,000 Chinese workers to the country for the project and create job opportunities for over 100,000 Chinese workers. Since its opening to traffic, the expressway has greatly promoted local economic development.