THE prospect of a direct rail link from the coal mines of Mozambique's western Tete province and the Indian Ocean port of Nacala via Malawi has moved a step closer following the signing of a build-and-operate concession agreement between the Malawian government and mining giant Vale.
ETHIOPIAN Railway Corporation has awarded a contract worth around $US 1.2bn to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to build the second phase of a 657km standard-gauge electrified line between the capital Addis Ababa and the Djibouti border to replace the existing metre-gauge railway.
Driver advisory technology can have a significant impact on energy consumption and help to optimise infrastructure capacity. Martin Joborn, senior consultant for Transrail, Sweden, explains how the Cato system has allowed LKAB to generate efficiencies under the most challenging operating conditions.
Despite the economic downturn, international demand for South African coal and iron-ore remains strong and is set to grow rapidly in the coming years. Keith Barrow looks at how Transnet is meeting the need for more capacity on its heavy-haul lines.
Advances in GPS technology mean it is now possible to track wagons in real-time, offering benefits for customers, operators, and fleet managers. Colin Gerrish, CEO of PJ Measurement Technologies UK, and Günter Petschnig, CEO of PJ Messetechnik, Austria, outline the monitoring capabilities of the new Waggontracker system.