March 17, 2014

Transnet South Africa orders 1064 locomotives

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Bombardier will supply 240 Traxx Africa locomotives to Transnet. Bombardier will supply 240 Traxx Africa locomotives to Transnet.

TRANSNET celebrated its biggest-ever locomotive order on March 17, when it signed contracts worth Rand 50bn ($US 4.7bn) with four international suppliers for a total of 1064 locomotives for its Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsidiary.

CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive, China, and Bombardier will supply a total of 599 electric locomotives, while GE and CNR will deliver 465 diesel locomotives.

Bombardier's share of the deal comprises 240 Traxx Africa 100km/h dual-voltage (3kV dc and 25kV ac) electric locomotives. Bombardier says that more than 60% of the contract value will be localised. CSR will supply 359 dual-voltage six-axle electric locomotives, which will have a continous output of 4.6MW. and a maximum speed of 100km/h. 

GE will supply 233 ES40Aci Evolution Series diesel locomotives with 55% local content, while CNR will deliver 232 3.3MW six-axle diesels with ac traction (pictured below). CNR says the contract is its largest-ever export order. 

Transnet says that all but 70 of the locomotives on order will be assembled in South Africa at Transnet Rail Engineering facilities in Koedoespoort, Pretoria, and Durban.

Most of the locomotivives will be used by TFR's General Freight Business (GFB).

According to Transnet the procurement is the South Africa's single biggest private sector infrastructure investment initiative.

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