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Tendering for Ethiopian rail project postponed THE bidding process for a tender to construct a 280km railway from Semera east to the Djibouti port of Tadjourah on the north bank of the Gulf of Tadjourah has been postponed for a fifth time.
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THE bidding process for a tender to construct a 280km railway from Semera east to the Djibouti port of Tadjourah on the north bank of the Gulf of Tadjourah has been postponed for a fifth...
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CNR Dalian and its local South African consortium CNRRSSA have awarded Rolls-Royce a contract worth around €100m to supply 232 MTU Series 4000 diesel engines for the fleet of 232 six-axle diesel locomotives ordered by...
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THE High Court in Tanzania has declared the strike by Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) workers illegal, bringing the week-long protest over five month salary arrears to an end.The court's Labour Division declared that the...
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Several companies are benefiting from what is being dubbed a railway renaissance in Africa as new opportunities emerge in markets across the continent buoyed by a rush for mineral wealth. But things are far from...
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EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has awarded Alstom a contract worth around €100m to supply signalling equipment for the resignalling of the 240km Beni Suef – Asyut section of the Cairo – Luxor line. Delivery will start...
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TANZANIA Zambia Rail Authority (Tazara) suspended operations on January 12, shortly after employees - who have not been paid for five months - rejected an appeal from the management to "exercise further patience whilst long-term...
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THE president of SNCF, Mr Guillaume Pepy, and the director-general of Moroccan National Railways (ONCF), Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie, have agreed to set up a joint company to maintain the fleet of TGV Duplex trains...
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PASSENGER Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has announced further drastic cuts to its mainline train timetable even as it pushes ahead with a €250m deal to buy 70 new locomotives from Vossloh. Citing "financial strains,"...
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TANZANIA Railway's (TRL) deputy managing director and chief finance officer have been suspended by the country's transport minister Mr Harrison Mwakyembe as investigations into the controversial acquisition of 25 wagons from Indian firm Hindustan Engineering...
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A parliamentary select committee in Uganda has launched a probe into the award of an $US 8bn contract for the 250km single-track Kampala - Malaba standard-gauge railway to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). The team is...