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) near Ndiass, which is expected to open next year.
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 electric) multiple units to Algerian National Railways (SNTF).
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 Dar Es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati (DIIKM) railway project as a public-private partnership (PPP).
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 Africa are also making progress.
ITALFERR, the engineering subsidiary of Italian State Railways (FS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Algeria's National Railway Investment Agency (Anesrif) on June 26 to create an engineering joint venture, which will support the modernisation and expansion of the country's railway network.