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Africa Update

NEW RAILWAY LIKELY

The developing of an iron ore mine at Mbalam in Cameroon, currently being looked at by Sundance Resources Ltd of Australia, would probably mean building a port capable of accommodating ships of...

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GABON MAY LINK TO CAMEROON

A Chinese company, CMEC, is considering the development of an iron-ore mine at Belinga in Gabon. It would be connected probably to the existing 1,435mm gauge railway to the port of Libreville in...

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RAILING FROM BEIRA

According to the Mozambican News Agency, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is once again using Beira as point of entry for imports. In 2005, ,923t of cargo went through the port, presumably on...

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FLOODS, FUEL SHORTAGE & REBELS

According to a report by United Nations Regional Information Networks on 25 April, the suspension of rail service to Brazzaville has had serious consequences for the city’s million inhabitants, as...

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AFRICA RAILWAYS MEET IN BRAZZAVILLE

The theme at a conference of rail experts taking place in Brazzaville from 11 April was: "a more efficient railway system for the development of the African continent". More than 200 officials from...

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URC CRANE TROUBLE

The breakdown of Uganda Railway Corporation's (URC) only two cranes at the Nakasero yard late in February incurred losses estimated at millions of shillings. Container traffic was seriously delayed...

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URC CONCESSION PROBLEMS CONTINUE

Uganda Railway Corporation (URC), a large part of which was to have been jointly concessioned with Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC) to the Rift Valley consortium led by Sheltam of South Africa, risks...

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URC DEAL STALLED BY INFIGHTING

The privatising of operations along Uganda's main line from Kampala to the Kenyan border is stalled pending the outcome of court applications by disgruntled former members of the bidding consortium...

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COURT HALTS UGANDAN CONCESSIONING

Mirambo Holdings Limited and Prime Fuels (Kenya) Limited, which jointly held 25% of the consortium that was awarded the concession to operate railways in Kenya and Uganda, have applied successfully to...

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UGANDAN CRISIS AFFECTS SHELTAM AND ESKOM TOO

Eskom, South Africas parastatal electricity utility, which has a 20-year contract to run Ugandas Kiira (formerly Owen Falls) and the newer Nalubaale hydro power plants (which between them produce 95%...

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Siemens-led consortium to build the first metro line in Algiers Total order worth EUR 380 million

The first metro line in Algiers, Algeria, is to be built under the leadership of Siemens Transportation Systems France. The Siemens-led consortium includes the two companies Construcciones y Auxiliar...

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NRZ & DBSA

According to the Zimbabwe Financial Gazette, controversy surrounds the loan being negotiated from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) which transport and infrastructural development...

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FIRST NEW PRASA COACHES COMPLETED IN BRAZIL

The first two of a contract to supply 3,600 commuter coaches to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) were completed late in May at Alstom’s plant in Lapa, Brazil. Currently they are...

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CERES LINE

Extensive work on rehabilitating the long disused line through Mitchells Pass to Ceres is reported. New culverts and ballast are to be seen and rails at the level crossing are no longer tarred over....

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SATAWU vs PRASA

On 28 May, members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) mounted a mass march to the offices of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). They demanded a response...

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COAL OF AFRICA'S MAKHADO PROJECT

Coal of Africa has been allocated mining rights by the South African Department of Mineral Resources in respect of its Makhado Project. In terms of the group’s definitive feasibility study in...

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BARLOWORLD POWER TO ASSEMBLE CAT GENERATORS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Caterpillar and Barloworld Power have launched a combined initiative to assemble Cat electric power generators in South Africa to meet rising demand, reduce unit cost and promote localisation.As the...

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NIGERIAN RAIL CONCESSIONS

The proposed concessioning of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is envisaged as two separate projects. The process has been launched by the Bureau of Public Enterprises, which intends accepting...

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UPGRADE FOR BONG

Negotiations for upgrading the 250km Bong Mining Railway in Liberia are at an advanced stage. Ircon (the Indian Railway Construction Corporation), the preferred bidder, hopes to sign a contract worth...

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CHINA & NIGERIA'S RAILWAY

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Nigeria on 26 April in the course of a week's visit to Africa and addressed the National Assembly in Abuja. China is to take a controlling stake in the oil...

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RAIL ESSENTIAL FOR AJAOKUTA

Global Infrastructure (Nigeria) Limited, which manages the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) says the company's plant will not be able to function fully until the proposed 24km rail link to the...

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HUGE NIGERIAN RAIL PROJECT

According to a report in The Vanguard (Lagos), the federal government of Nigeria has awarded a  contract for 'designing and supervising' rail construction over some 2,815km across the country. The...

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LAGOS-KANO RESUMES

Nigerian Transport Minister Abiye Sekibo has announced the resumption of regular three-times-weekly passenger rail service between Lagos and Kano (1,126km)....

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International Rail News

Alstom’s Hydrogen Train Coradia ILint First Successful Run At 80km/h

Alstom has successfully performed the first test run of the world’s only fuel cell passenger train, the Coradia iLint, on the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony (Germany). An...

Brazil Launches Infrastructure Concession Plan

Brazilian president, Michel Temer, recently announced that his government will be pursuing an infrastructure concessions programme that aims to raise $US14.6 billion in investment for building and...

Hack To The Future: Global Showdown In Montréal

From Cambridge to Cape Town, Santiago to Stockholm, more than 25 cities around the world are hosting transport hackathons, with the winners set to meet for a showdown at the upcoming UITP Global...

Alstom And NTL Launch Aptis, A New, 100% Electric Experience Of Mobility

Alstom and NTL presented Aptis, an innovative mobility solution, on 9 March in Duppigheim (Alsace, France). As cities are looking for smarter, more efficient and connected means of transportation,...