TWO years since it began, construction on the new Rand 928m ($US 75.4m) rolling stock manufacturing plant at Dunnottar, South Africa, is entering its final stages, with Alstom and its partners in the Gibela joint venture relocating to new corporate offices at the facility last week as work gets underway on the first train.
ALSTOM led consortium Gibela has completed delivery of the first 20 trains to Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) as part of the €4bn contract signed in 2013 to supply 600 X’Trapolis Mega suburban EMUs over 10 years.
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 Africa (Prasa) for its first X’Trapolis Mega EMU.
The first five trains out of a planned fleet of 600 six-car EMUs has been completed by the Gibela consortium for operation on South African commuter networks as production begins to shift to a new domestic facility. Paul Ash explains how this massive project is progressing.