The $US 450m modernisation project, which is being financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), includes the conversion of the route from 3kV dc to 25kV 50Hz ac electrification.

The order will comprise 50 freight locomotives and 12 passenger units. The deadline for expressions of interest in the technical support contract is August 11.

In May Alstom announced it had been awarded an $US 800m contract to supply 50 type KZ8A electric freight locomotives to ADY.

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