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Ethiopia - Djibouti railway inaugurated THE Ethiopia - Djibouti standard-gauge railway was inaugurated on October 3, creating a new transport corridor between landlocked Ethiopia and the Red Sea.
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TUNISIAN National Railways (SNCFT) has signed a Dinars 160m ($US 69.4m) contract with Progress Rail, United States, for the supply of 20 EMD series GT42AC metre-gauge diesel-electric locomotives. The contract was signed by Mr Sabiha Derbal,...
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ALSTOM announced on December 7 that the South African Gibela consortium, comprising Alstom (61%) Urumbano (30%) and New Africa Rail (9%), has successfully obtained a provisional acceptance certificate from the Passenger Rail Agency of South...
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GHANA’s deputy finance minister Mrs Mona Quartey signed a $US 398.3m loan agreement with the Export-Import Bank of India on November 23 which will finance construction of an 84km railway linking Akosombo at the southern...
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THE International Union of Railways (UIC) is set to participate in seven events at this weekend’s COP22 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech to highlight rail’s role as part of the solution to climate...
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A contract to construct a rail link between central Zambia and the Malawian border was signed in the Zambian capital Lusaka on November 2 by minister of transport and communications Mr Brian Mushimba and representatives...
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THE latest phase of the Algiers RER network was inaugurated on November 1 with the officially opening of a Dinars 35bn ($US 319m) link to the western suburb of Zéralda. The 21km line branches off the...
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ROLLS-ROYCE reopened its MTU plant in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 27 following the completion of a Rand 50m ($US 3.6m) upgrading project which will enable the facility to localise the manufacturing of over...
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GAUTENG minister for roads and transport Dr Ismail Vadi announced on October 20 that three bidders have prequalified for a contract to supply 12 EMUs for the Gautrain standard-gauge commuter rail network, which links Johannesburg...
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PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has officially launched the construction of the 120km Phase 2A of the 489km standard-gauge railway linking Mombasa with the Ugandan border. Designs for the second phase, which will run from Nairobi...
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THE Ethiopia - Djibouti standard-gauge railway was inaugurated on October 3, creating a new transport corridor between landlocked Ethiopia and the Red Sea. The 752km line is electrified throughout at 25kV ac and double track for...