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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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ADDIS ABABA LIGHT RAIL

The Ethiopian government is to contribute 15% of the $US400 million needed to fund the new 34.25km electric light rail system in Addis Ababa, with the rest coming from China. There are to be two...

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RVR WORKSHOP CONTRACT

Rift Valley Railways (RVR) is to refurbish the main workshop in Uganda at Nalukulongo. Roko Construction Ltd has been awarded a three-month contract worth $US410,000, with work commencing in...

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RVR TO HIRE MORE STAFF

Rift Valley Railways (RVR) recently informed Kenyan assistant transport minister Hassan Joho, during a visit to the company's Mombasa offices that it is to take on additional staff to upgrade...

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RVR RECEIVES RAIL FROM CHINA

Early in July, Rift Valley Railways (RVR) took delivery of rail from China for use in replacing worn track - mainly on curves - along a 70km section of the Mombasa-Nairobi line. It is understood that...

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NAIROBI COMMUTER RAIL

The government of Kenya is advertising jointly with InfraCo Africa, described as a British donor-funded company, for a consortium of 'engineering, procurement and construction contractors and...

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RVR UPGRADE

Rift Valley Railways (RVR), the concessionaire operating the railway from Mombasa through Nairobi to Kampala, recently took delivery of equipment and materials worth some $US19 million from KEC...

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INDIAN LOCOS FOR SUDAN

As part of an agreement between Sudan Railway Corporation (SRC) and the Railway Technical and Economic Services (RITES) of India,10 diesel-electric locomotives are to be supplied, of which the first 3...

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EGYPT'S RAILWAYS GET 270M (DOLLARS) LOAN

The World Bank has agreed to a loan of $US270 million to Egypt, to be used for development projects in the country's rail network in 2007 and 2008. This was announced by Minister for International...

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LIGHT RAIL FOR ALGIERS

By early 2009, it is hoped to open the first 16.3km section of the new light rail line in Algeria۪s capital city, linking Carl du Ruisseau to Bordj El Kiffan, where the depot and control centre will...

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DUAL-TRACKING 95KM

SNTF (Soci̩t̩ Nationale des Transports Ferroviares), the Algerian state railway, is to spend $US5 billion (about R30bn) in the next five years on improvements. It has awarded a 39-month-duration...

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EGYPT RAIL UPGRADE AGREED

After reviewing the current position of Egyptian Railways (ER), a top-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif on 27 March considered proposals by Minister of Transport Mohamed Lotfi...

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ALGIERS METRO CONTRACTS

Contracts worth 380 million Euros for the building of a new metro railway in Algiers have been signed with a consortium led by Siemens. By 2010 it is hoped to have 14 six-coach electric trains running...

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Metrorail suspends Daveyton service

Reports of violent behaviour, intimidation and physical attacks by criminals on Metrorail train drivers and guards resulted in service to Daveyton (north of Benoni) being suspended late in February....

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Suspended Prasa officials paid R37m

According to a report by transport minister Dipuo Peters to parliament, 2,575 officials of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) who were suspended (on full pay) received altogether R37...

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Prasa’s litany of woes

Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (SCOPA) has been listening to a bewildering succession of strange stories from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), which reported a...

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Bombardier and ABB sign a $US50m transformer contract

ABB has signed a contract worth $US50 million with Bombardier Transportation South Africa for the supply of traction transformers and associated products for 240 freight locomotives. The...

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Sappi donates loco to NBL group

Sappi at Saiccor has donated their last working 19D class 4-8-2 no 3 to the North British Locomotive Preservation Group for preservation. In fact, as the group points out, this loco was not built by...

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SA manganese output curtailed

South32 (a resources company listed in Australia) which was spun off from BHP Billiton in May 2015 - faced with rising costs and falling prices - is to cut more than 400 jobs at its South African...

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SENA LINE NOT FINISHED

In 2004 the Indian consortium of Rites and Ircon (Ricon) won an international tender to manage the Beira rail system, which consists of the Machipanda line from Beira to Zimbabwe, and the Sena line...

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NIGERIA'S ABUJA-KADUNA RAIL PROJECT

The building of Nigeria's new Abuja-Kaduna railway, to be undertaken by the China Civil and Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) at a cost of $US874,308,704, including consultancy work, is ready...

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GHANA RIGHT OF WAY TO BE CLEARED

Ghana's Railway Development Authority (RTA), together with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has warned hawkers and residents around railway lines to vacate, as illegal structures are to be...

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NIGERIAN RAIL MD HELD

Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade is being detained by the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) over an alleged contract scam. EFCC spokesman Femi...

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NIGERIAN RAIL SETBACK

Three years after Nigeria's federal government began railway rehabilitation, allegations of mismanagement, fraud, illegal award of contracts and misappropriation of funds has bedevilled the Nigerian...

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THE ORDEAL OF NIGERIA'S RAILWAYS

Gabriel Ewepu, writing in Leadership (published in Abuja): 'A good railway system is vital to a nation's economic growth and with the MDGs 2015 target date a few years away, government needs to...

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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,...