All Africa articles – Page 7

  • A feasibility study for the expansion of the Gautrain network has been completed.

    Gautrain expansion study completed


    SOUTH AFRICA: A feasibility study for the expansion of the Gautrain network has been completed by the Gautrain Management Agency and submitted to the Gauteng provincial and national treasuries as well as major stakeholders. GMA commissioned the study in October 2014 from the SMEC Consortium of SMEC South Africa, ...

  • SNTF and Alstom have revealed the final design for the 17 Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units which are under construction in France for use on inter-city services in Algeria.

    ‘Modernisation, movement and beauty’ of Algeria’s future inter-city trainsets


    ALGERIA: National railway SNTF and Alstom have revealed the final design for the 17 Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units which are under construction in France for use on inter-city services between Alger, Oran, Annaba, Constantine and Béchar from January 2018. The SNTF units will be similar to the Coradia Polyvalent units ...

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    Tanzania signs new line contract


    TANZANIA: The government signed contracts with Turkish firm Yapı Merkezi and Portugal’s Mota-Engil on February 3 for the construction of a new 1 435 mm gauge railway between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro. To be built under a turnkey contract, the 207 km single-track line is being designed for operation ...

  • The first rolling stock transfer on February 2 was flagged off from Mombasa by Kenya's Regional Commissioner, Coast, Nelson Marba.

    Kenya – Uganda construction timescale agreed


    AFRICA: Meeting in Nairobi on February 2, ministers from Kenya and Uganda agreed a ‘synchronised’ timescale for construction of the 1 435 mm gauge railway planned to link the two countries. Signed by Uganda’s Finance Minister Matla Kasila, Kenya’s Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich and Transport & Urban Development Secretary James ...

  • Rift Valley Railways.

    Rift Valley Railways for sale


    AFRICA: Egypt-based energy and infrastructure group Qalaa has confirmed that ‘preliminary negotiations are ongoing’ with several prospective local and international buyers for its 73·76% stake in Kenya – Uganda railway concessionaire Rift Valley Railways. On January 5 Qalaa said no official offer had yet been made or any agreement reached. ...

  • The first two CDD3B1 diesel locomotives built to haul passenger trains on the Abuja – Kaduna line in Nigera have been rolled out by CRRC Dalian.

    Passenger locomotives for Nigeria unveiled


    NIGERIA: The first two diesel locomotives built to haul passenger trains on the Abuja – Kaduna line have been rolled out at the CRRC Dalian factory in China. The 1 435 mm gauge Type CDD3B1 locomotives have a maximum speed of 150 km/h, and are designed to cope with local ...

  • CRRC Qishuyan is supplying 56 diesel locomotives for the 473 km Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway.

    Kenyan standard gauge locomotives unveiled


    KENYA: The three types of 1 435 mm gauge diesel locomotives which CRRC Qishuyan is supplying for the 473 km Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway were unveiled at the factory in China on December 16. The company is supplying a total of 56 locomotives. There will be 43 DF8B ...

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    Joint company to manage Ethiopia – Djibouti railway


    AFRICA: Ethiopia's Minister of Transport Ahmed Shide and his Djiboutian counterpart Mohammed Abdulkadir Musa have signed an agreement to establish a joint company to manage the new railway linking the countries. The company will be have its headquarters in Addis Ababa, and be responsible for the provision of passenger, freight ...

  • Alstom is to supply an initial batch of 15 dual-mode Coradia trainsets for the Regional Express line.

    Work starts on Dakar airport rail link


    SENEGAL: A ceremony was held in Dakar on December 14 to mark the launch of preparatory works for construction of a 55 km regional express railway, which is intended to link the city centre with a new airport. Among the guests at the ceremony were Senegalese President Macky Sall and ...

  • The contract was signed on December 5 by SNCFT Chairman & CEO Sabiha Derbal and Progress Rail’s Regional Director of International Sales for North Africa & Middle East Ramzi Imad.

    EMD locos ordered for Tunisian phosphate trains


    TUNISIA: National railway SNCFT has awarded Progress Rail Services a 165m dinar contract to supply 20 Electro-Motive Diesel GT42AC diesel locomotives which will primarily be used to haul phosphate trains in the hot, dry and sandy environment. The metre-gauge locomotives are to be manufactured at Progress Rail’s plant in Muncie, ...

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    X’Trapolis Mega begins test running on PRASA network


    SOUTH AFRICA: The first X’Trapolis Mega electric multiple-unit started test running between Pienaarspoort and Rissik Street in Hatfield in Gauteng on December 1, following the receipt of a provisional acceptance certificate from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. Test running without passengers is scheduled to run until January ...

  • Pushpesh Tyagi of the Abidjan Representative Office of Export-Import Bank of India finalised the buyer’s credit agreement with Ghana’s Minister of Finance & Economic Planning Seth E Terkper and Deputy Minister Deputy Minister Mona Quartey.

    Ghana railway project gets Indian loan


    GHANA: Construction of an 84·8 km mixed traffic railway between Tema in the Greater Accra region and the Lake Volta port of Akosombo could begin by the end of the year, after Export-Import Bank of India signed an agreement to provide the government with a US$398·3m national export insurance account ...

  • China Civil Engineering Construction Corp has been awarded a US$2·26bn contract to design and build the Zambia East Line.

    Chinese firm to build Zambia – Malawi railway


    ZAMBIA: The Ministry of Transport & Communications has awarded China Civil Engineering Construction Corp a US$2·26bn four-year contract to design and build the Zambia East Line, which would run for 388·8 km from Serenje on the Zambian Railways network to Petauke and Chipata. Chipata is the terminus of an ...

  • MTU is supplying Series 4000 R63L engines to CRRC for installation in Class 45 locomotives being built for Transnet Freight Rail.

    MTU inaugurates Cape Town engine plant


    SOUTH AFRICA: A ceremony on October 27 marked the inauguration of MTU’s redesigned plant in Cape Town following a €3m modernisation designed to enable the Rolls Royce business to localise diesel engine manufacturing. The plant will be used to assemble, test and commission around 200 of the 232 Series 4000 ...

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    Kenyan President launches SGR Phase 2A construction


    KENYA: Construction works for the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway project were officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta with a ceremony at the Embulbul work site in Ngong Town on October 19. Phase 2A covers the 120 km Nairobi – Naivasha section of the 2 937 km MoKaKi ...

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    CTLE rebrands as Alstom Ubunye


    SOUTH AFRICA: Alstom announced Alstom Ubunye (‘unity’ in Zulu) as the new name for Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering on April 6, when it confirmed that following regulatory approval it had completed the acquisition of a 51% stake in the rolling stock refurbishment business which had been announced on November ...

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    Siemens to modernise Egyptian signalling


    EGYPT: Siemens has finalised a contract to supply Egyptian National Railways with signalling equipment for the Zagazig - Abu Kebir and Benha - Port Said routes, a total of 260 km with 21 stations. Commissioning is scheduled for 2020. The existing mechanical interlockings are to be replaced with centrally-controlled electronic ...

  • Transnet Engineering is supplying coaches to Botswana Railways.

    Botswana Railways coaches delivered


    BOTSWANA: The first 22 of 37 coaches which Botswana Railways ordered from South Africa’s Transnet Engineering were delivered to Gaborone by rail in late March, and the rest are scheduled to arrive by May. The coaches are being produced at Transnet’s Koedoespoort and Salt River plants, with Transnet outsourcing ‘a ...

  • Dakar Bamako Ferroviaire to manage the railway between Dakar and Bamako (Photo: John Stubbs).

    New operator for Dakar – Bamako railway


    AFRICA: The governments of Senegal and Mali have established Dakar Bamako Ferroviaire to manage the revival of the 1 286 km railway between the port of Dakar and Bamako. The new company replaces concessionaire TransRail, a 51% subsidiary of Advens which had operated the metre-gauge line under a concession awarded ...

  • Taking part in the ceremony at Dunnotar (from left) were Gibela CEO Marc Granger, Alstom Chairman & CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, PRASA Chairman Dr Popo Molefe and acting CEO Nathi Khena and South African Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters.

    Gibela starts work on EMU factory


    SOUTH AFRICA: The Gibela joint venture of Alstom and local partners marked the start of construction of its new EMU manufacturing plant at Dunnotar on March 4, with a ceremony attended by Alstom Chairman & CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, PRASA Chairman Dr Popo Molefe, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and the Mayor ...