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Benin-Niger rail link ‘another step forward’ THE prime minister of Benin, Mr Lionel Zinsou signed a concession agreement with his Nigerien counterpart, Mr Brigi Rafini and Bolloré Group's CEO, Mr Thierry Ballard, in Niamey on August 13.
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THE prime minister of Benin, Mr Lionel Zinsou signed a concession agreement with his Nigerien counterpart, Mr Brigi Rafini and Bolloré Group's CEO, Mr Thierry Ballard, in Niamey on August 13. Under the Bénirail concession agreement,...
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CASA Transport has appointed a French consortium of Systra, CID and Arep to provide project management services for the construction of Casablanca light rail Line 2 and the second phase of Line 1. The 15km Line...
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THE government of Senegal issued an invitation to prequalify on August 1 for contracts to build a 55km rail link between the centre of the capital Dakar and the new Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD)...
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ALGIERS Metro Enterprise (EMA) has awarded a €210m contract to extend the Constantine light rail line by 10km from the current southern terminus of Zouaghi to the new city of Ali Mendjeli and Mohamed Boudiaf...
alstom-confirms-algerian-train-order
ALMOST a year after it was selected as preferred bidder, Alstom confirmed on July 29 that it has signed a contract worth around €200m to supply 17 six-car Coradia Polyvalent bi-mode (diesel and 25kV ac...
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THE governments of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania have issued a request for expressions of interest from suitable qualified and experienced firms which have the capacity to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the proposed 1661km...
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TROUBLES continue at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) after last week's sacking of its chief executive, suspension of a senior engineer, and a commuter train collision on July 17 that left 200...
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GHANA plans to rehabilitate the Dunkwa - Awaso branch line of the 340km 1067mm-gauge western main line that links Takoradi, Dunkwa and Kumasi.The $US 1bn project, which is expected to attract funding from China, will...
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IRJ at the UIC High-Speed Rail World Congress, Tokyo: MOROCCAN National Railways (ONCF) has confirmed that Africa's first high-speed line will open in spring 2018, two-and-a-half years later than originally scheduled. Speaking at the UIC High-Speed...
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TESTING is underway at Alstom's Lapa plant in Brazil on the first of 600 X'trapolis Mega commuter EMUs for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), while preparations for the transfer of production to South...