Africa Update

AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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ON-BOARD COMPUTERS FOR 1,300 LOCOS IN AFRICA

According to Alta Rail Technology (ART) of Brazil, the company is supplying on-board computer equipment for fitting to 1,300 locomotives on the African continent. “With two years of existence,...

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NEW LINES IN CAMEROON

In September 2010, Australia-based Sundance Resources Limited signed an MOU with China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC) for construction of a new port near the southern border of Cameroon, able to...

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GRINDROD LOCOS FOR CAMEROON

Pretoria locomotive manufacturer Grindrod recently delivered two new diesel-electric locomotives to Camrail. A further two are expected at the port of Douala in May and four more before the end of...

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CAMRAIL ELECTRONIC TICKETING

Fifteen years have been completed by Camrail in terms of its concession to operate the railways of Cameroon. The achievement was marked by the introduction of new electronic ticketing to the passenger...

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DRC ACQUIRES LOCOS FROM CNR

Early in April, the China North (CNR) Locomotive company despatched 18 type CKD8C1 diesel-electric locomotives to Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Congolais (SNCC – the state railway in the...

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DRC-ZAMBIA RAIL FREIGHT AGREEMENT

Serious endeavour is being made to reduce the extent of freight traffic moving on Zambia’s roads. Much of this originates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Société Nationale des Chemins de...

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NEW EMD LOCOS FOR CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE)

New Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) type GT38AC locomotives are on order for the 1,067mm gauge Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan (CFCO) which operates freight and passenger services from the Atlantic port of...

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NEW EMD LOCOS FOR GABON

New Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) type GT46AC locomotives are on order for the 1,435mm gauge Société d’Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag – the state railway of Gabon), which runs 670 km eastwards...

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NEW KENYA LINE THROUGH NATIONAL PARK

According to The Star, published in Nairobi, the Kenya Railways Corporation, Wildlife Service and National Land Commission have reached agreement on a proposed rerouting of the planned new 1,435mm...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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TENDERS FOR NEW TANZANIAN LINE

On 29 May, Tanzanian transport minister Samuel Sitta reportedly told parliament that contracts worth about $US9 billion had been awarded to Chinese firms for the construction of new railways. One of...

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UGANDA-RWANDA RAILWAY

According to a report on JOC.com, “The Uganda government said it would not prioritise the building of a railway between Kampala and the Rwandan capital of Kigali.” The proposed line forms part of...

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COMPENSATING FOR RAIL LAND

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) says it will pay compensation totalling $US45 million for land expropriated for the construction of the new 1,435mm gauge railway being built from Mombasa to Nairobi....

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KENYA RAIL TRAINING CENTRE

The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which is constructing the new 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, has inaugurated a training centre for Kenyan employees, located in the town...

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RAIL A CONTINUING PRIORITY IN ETHIOPIA

According to the Ethiopian Railway Corporation, railway expansion is to continue as a priority during the country’s second five-year growth and transformation plan (GTP) period, which begins in...

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KENYAN RAILWAY CEMENT FROM CHINA

China Rail & Bridge Corporation is building the $US3.8 billion, 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi – said to be the country’s largest infrastructure project since independence from Britain....

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DJIBOUTI-ADDIS CAPACITY UP 7 TIMES

According to Abubaker Hadi, chairman of Djibouti's Port Authority, the first scheduled train is expected on the newly completed 1,435mm gauge railway to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia (780km) during...

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NEW KENYA LINE THROUGH NATIONAL PARK

According to The Star, published in Nairobi, the Kenya Railways Corporation, Wildlife Service and National Land Commission have reached agreement on a proposed rerouting of the planned new 1,435mm...

Read More

AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

Read More

LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

Read More

TENDERS FOR NEW TANZANIAN LINE

On 29 May, Tanzanian transport minister Samuel Sitta reportedly told parliament that contracts worth about $US9 billion had been awarded to Chinese firms for the construction of new railways. One of...

Read More

UGANDA-RWANDA RAILWAY

According to a report on JOC.com, “The Uganda government said it would not prioritise the building of a railway between Kampala and the Rwandan capital of Kigali.” The proposed line forms part of...

Read More

COMPENSATING FOR RAIL LAND

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) says it will pay compensation totalling $US45 million for land expropriated for the construction of the new 1,435mm gauge railway being built from Mombasa to Nairobi....

Read More

KENYA RAIL TRAINING CENTRE

The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which is constructing the new 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, has inaugurated a training centre for Kenyan employees, located in the town...

Read More

RAIL A CONTINUING PRIORITY IN ETHIOPIA

According to the Ethiopian Railway Corporation, railway expansion is to continue as a priority during the country’s second five-year growth and transformation plan (GTP) period, which begins in...

Read More

KENYAN RAILWAY CEMENT FROM CHINA

China Rail & Bridge Corporation is building the $US3.8 billion, 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi – said to be the country’s largest infrastructure project since independence from Britain....

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DJIBOUTI-ADDIS CAPACITY UP 7 TIMES

According to Abubaker Hadi, chairman of Djibouti's Port Authority, the first scheduled train is expected on the newly completed 1,435mm gauge railway to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia (780km) during...

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PRASA TO SPEND R172BN ON SIGNALS ETC

In the aftermath of the 17 July rear-end collision between the Booysens and Crown stations, immediately south of the Johannesburg CBD, and in reaction to concerns expressed by the Railway...

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CHINESE COMPANIES AT AFRICA RAIL

Chinese companies that exhibited at the 2015 Africa Rail exhibition and conference in Johannesburg saw the show as a great opportunity for furthering their business. David Wang, Regional Director of...

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AFRO4000 LOCOS IN SERVICE

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) authorised the use of Spanish-built Afro4000 locomotives under test conditions on the Bloemfontein-East London line on 15 July. On this date, Shosholoza Meyl train 74013...

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TEST RUNNING TO CERES

Transnet Freight Rail plans to begin test running on the long-closed but recently reinstated 20km Wolseley-Ceres line in the first week of August. The first test train, consisting of 35 SMLJ flat...

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THREE NEW PRASA TRAINSETS COMPLETE

Three of the 20 six-coach multiple-unit electric trainsets being built for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) at Alstom’s Lapa plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, are complete and undergoing...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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DEPOTS NOT READY FOR NEW TRAINS

Some R5 billion has been budgeted for the provision and upgrading of depots where 600 new trainsets on order for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) will be tested, stabled and...

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GAUTRAIN FARE SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT

According to Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Dr Ismail Vadi, the Gautrain fare collection system is to be upgraded to comply with national interoperable ticketing regulations. At the same time,...

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EXTENDING GAUTRAIN’S AIRPORT STATION

A curious feature of the Gautrain system from the outset, the airport station platforms are only long enough to accommodate two coaches, while the trains are all four-coach sets. This strange...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

Read More

LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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MAURITANIA RAILWAY

Hanno Resources, a mineral exploration company focused on north-west Africa, completed a four-year technical cooperation agreement (TCA) with the government of Western Sahara in June 2011, evaluating...

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SENEGAL - NEW RAILWAY PROPOSED

Senegal President Macky Sall has announced plans to construct a new railway to serve the country’s south-eastern region of Casamance. A feasibility study has been completed, he says, the cost of...

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LINKING DJIBOUTI & WEST AFRICA

Djibouti, the smallest state in the Horn of Africa, is embarking on large infrastructure projects, building six new ports and two airports in the hope of becoming the commercial hub of East Africa....

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GHANA, CENTRE OF THE WORLD, NEEDS MONORAILS

Yaw Nkunim, described on Ghana Web as sculptor, writer, concept developer & CPP member, suggests that if the country is to remain the centre of the world, “once it has enumerated the policy...

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RAIL CHALLENGE FOR ECOWAS

Ghana’s Forum for National Equity, a civil society organisation, has challenged the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to exert the political will needed to build a railway...

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LEVEL CROSSING CONCERNS IN NIGERIA

The reappearance of trains on railways in Nigeria, following many years with none running at all, is catching people unawares at level crossings. Many near misses are being reported and there...

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LAGOS RED LINE METRO

The metro system planned for Lagos comprises two  lines – the Blue Line running east-west from Okukumaiko to Marina, which is under construction, and the Red, running north-south from Ogun...

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NRI TECHNICIANS: 295 GRADUATE

At a ceremony in Lagos during June, 295 trainee technicians graduated at the Nigerian Railway Institute. Representing Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade, the...

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International Rail News

MECCA METRO

In the first phase of constructing the Mecca metro, Lines B and C are to be tackled, with work starting in 2016 and finishing in 2019. A joint venture (JV) led by Spanish contractor Isolux Corsan...

FRANCE-SPAIN HIGH-SPEED LINE

Forty per cent of the construction cost of the new 60km international high-speed line between Figueres, Spain, and Perpignan, France, is being financed by builder TP Ferro in exchange for a 50-year...

LARGEST EVER ORDER FOR TRAINS

Claimed to be the largest order ever placed for the supply of new trains, state-owned China Railway Investment Corporation (CRIC) has invited tenders for 351 high-speed sets. Of these, 228 must...

HONG KONG MRC PLACES BIG ORDER

As part of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) long-term asset renewal strategy, which includes extensive resignalling, 93 new eight-coach trains are being sourced from CRRC subsidiary CSR...