Africa

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    Gabon railway concession extended as investors fund expansion

    2021-09-15T05:00:00Z

    GABON: Sociéte d’Exploitation du Transgabonais’ concession to operate the 650 km railway linking Franceville with the capital Libreville and the port of Owendo has been extended, and a new investor has committed to providing finance and expertise to support a modernisation to increase capacity on the ...

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    Metro Report International

    First Cairo monorail trainsets delivered

    2021-09-09T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: The first two of 70 four-car Alstom Innovia 300 trains for the Cairo monorail project have been delivered to the Egyptian capital. The vehicles are being manufactured at Alstom’s Derby plant in the UK, with work on the Mitrac traction systems led by the company’s ...

  • Planned rail project in Egypt (Image: Siemens Mobility)
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    Egypt signs contract for ‘Suez Canal on tracks’

    2021-09-01T11:22:00Z

    EGYPT: A US$4·5bn contract has been signed for the construction of 660 km of ‘modern, safe, and integrated’ mixed traffic electrified railway connecting Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea with Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean.

  • STM TGM8 locomotive
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    Russian company to export Elephants to Africa

    2021-08-25T15:12:00Z

    GUINEA: Russian manufacturer Sinara Transport Machines has been awarded a contract to supply six TGM8 ‘Elephant’ shunting locomotives to the Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia bauxite mining subsidiary of aluminium producer RUSAL. The first TGM8 four-axle diesel-hydraulic locos were produced for French company Solmer in 1972, ...

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    Africa: Mixed fortunes in Tunis

    2021-08-24T09:06:00Z

    While the first passengers are due to travel over a newly built section of the Tunisian capital’s RFR suburban network later this year, the government and its contractors are struggling to complete future phases of the programme. Christian Scasso investigates.

  • SMH Rail H10 Series locomotive for Tanzania (2)
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    Malaysian-built locomotive for the African freight market unveiled

    2021-08-24T08:59:00Z

    LOCOMOTIVE: Malaysian rolling stock manufacturing and maintenance company SMH Rail has rolled out its first H10 Series diesel-electric locomotive. It is designed for use by African freight operators, with Tanzania Railways Corp as the launch customer. Unveiling the first locomotive at a virtual ceremony on August ...

  • Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Line inauguration locos
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    Nigerian coastal railway to go ahead

    2021-08-09T14:06:00Z

    NIGERIA: Funding to enable the construction of the 650 km east-west coastal railway was approved by a meeting of the Federal Executive Council on August 4, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed has told local media. The FEC also approved plans for lines from Kano to Jibia ...

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    Africa: Traxtion eyes growth potential

    2021-07-27T11:25:00Z

    New investment opportunities are opening up in the African rail sector, and as the continent’s largest private freight operator Traxtion wants to lead the charge, CEO James Holley tells Chris Jackson.

  • Signalling equipment at Quseia in Egypt (Photo Alstom)
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    Egyptian signalling equipment commissioned

    2021-07-25T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Alstom has installed and commissioned a Smartlock 400GP electronic interlocking, Iconis SCADA and an 11 kV substation at Quseia to cover a 15 km section of the 240 km Beni Suef – Asyut line along the Nile to the south of ...

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    Tanzania: The race is on

    2021-07-23T10:09:00Z

    International contractors are forging ahead with construction of Tanzania’s first 1 435 mm gauge railway, with a view to opening East Africa’s third standard gauge network before the end of this year. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Financing agreed for Ghana’s Western railway upgrade

    2021-07-21T05:01:00Z

    GHANA: Loans totalling €600m have been signed to finance construction of a 100 km section of 1 435 mm gauge line on the Western Railway corridor running inland from Takoradi Harbour to Huni Valley. The existing 1 067 mm gauge Western Railway runs from Takoradi ...

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    DB joint venture to build Congolese iron ore line

    2021-07-16T18:04:00Z

    CONGO: Mining group Sapro has finalised an agreement with the Thelo DB joint venture for the construction and operation of a 412 km heavy haul railway to connect its Mayoko iron ore mine with the deepwater port of Pointe-Noire on the Atlantic coast.

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    Maputo – Harare logistics service launched

    2021-07-12T11:17:00Z

    AFRICA: Diversified logistics company Unitrans Africa has launched dedicated rail freight services between the Port of Maputo in Mozambique and three trading hubs at Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru in Zimbabwe.

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    Tanzania Railways Corp selects Hyundai Rotem to supply electric trains

    2021-07-08T05:00:00Z

    TANZANIA: South Korean company Hyundai Rotem has been selected as preferred bidder for a 335·4bn won contract to supply 80 electric multiple-units and 17 electric locomotives to Tanzania Railways Corp by 2024. These will be designed to operate at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. ...

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    Metro Report International

    Cairo monorail train rolled out in Derby

    2021-06-29T13:59:00Z

    EGYPT: The first of 70 four-car Innovia 300 driverless monorail trainsets for two lines which are under construction in Cairo has been rolled out at Alstom’s Derby plant in the UK. In August 2019, Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels and a ...

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    Guinean bauxite railway inaugurated

    2021-06-28T11:00:00Z

    GUINEA: President Alpha Condé attended the inauguration on June 18 of the 125 km Santou – Dapilon railway, which has been built by the Société Minière de Boké-Winning consortium to link bauxite deposits at Santou II and Houda with the River Nunez port of Dapilon near Kolabouio. ...

  • DP World Maputo launches rail service between Maputo and Harare
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    Maputo – Harare container train launched

    2021-06-22T09:00:00Z

    AFRICA: DP World has launched a dedicated container service from Maputo in Mozambique to Harare in Zimbabwe, and is planning further services to connect Maputo with Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. DP World Maputo holds a concession to manage the container terminal at Maputo. It ...

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    Egyptian National Railways awards loco refurbishment contract

    2021-06-21T08:01:00Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Ukraine’s Nikolaev Locomotive Repair Plant a contract to modernise 55 Adtranz DE2550 diesel locomotives. ‘We will carry out deep modernisation of diesel locomotives with the installation of new engines, power and auxiliary equipment and microprocessor control systems to significantly ...

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    Commercial services begin on Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge railway

    2021-06-15T11:12:00Z

    NIGERIA: Nigerian Railway Corp launched full commercial services on the 157 km Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge line on June 15, President Muhammadu Buhari having attended an inauguration ceremony on June 10. The President said the government’s aim is to revitalise ...

  • President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi has laid a foundation stone to launch work to reinstate the 44 km section of the Sena line between Mutarara and Vila Nova da Fronteira on the border with Malawi.
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    Mozambique – Malawi railway reinstatement gets underway

    2021-06-09T08:27:00Z

    MOZAMBIQUE: President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi has laid a foundation stone to launch work to reinstate the 44 km section of the Sena line between Mutarara and Vila Nova da Fronteira on the border with Malawi. This section of the 1 067 ...