Africa Update

AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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ON-BOARD COMPUTERS FOR 1,300 LOCOS IN AFRICA

According to Alta Rail Technology (ART) of Brazil, the company is supplying on-board computer equipment for fitting to 1,300 locomotives on the African continent. “With two years of existence,...

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NEW LINES IN CAMEROON

In September 2010, Australia-based Sundance Resources Limited signed an MOU with China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC) for construction of a new port near the southern border of Cameroon, able to...

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GRINDROD LOCOS FOR CAMEROON

Pretoria locomotive manufacturer Grindrod recently delivered two new diesel-electric locomotives to Camrail. A further two are expected at the port of Douala in May and four more before the end of...

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CAMRAIL ELECTRONIC TICKETING

Fifteen years have been completed by Camrail in terms of its concession to operate the railways of Cameroon. The achievement was marked by the introduction of new electronic ticketing to the passenger...

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DRC ACQUIRES LOCOS FROM CNR

Early in April, the China North (CNR) Locomotive company despatched 18 type CKD8C1 diesel-electric locomotives to Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Congolais (SNCC – the state railway in the...

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DRC-ZAMBIA RAIL FREIGHT AGREEMENT

Serious endeavour is being made to reduce the extent of freight traffic moving on Zambia’s roads. Much of this originates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Société Nationale des Chemins de...

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NEW EMD LOCOS FOR CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE)

New Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) type GT38AC locomotives are on order for the 1,067mm gauge Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan (CFCO) which operates freight and passenger services from the Atlantic port of...

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NEW EMD LOCOS FOR GABON

New Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) type GT46AC locomotives are on order for the 1,435mm gauge Société d’Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag – the state railway of Gabon), which runs 670 km eastwards...

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RWANDA, BURUNDI, TANZANIA PLAN JOINT RAILWAY PROJECT

In August 2013, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda signed a tripartite agreement to “fast-track” the building of a 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa through Nairobi to Kampala and on to Kigali. In June 2014,...

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USA-KENYA TRANSPORT ACCORD

During USA President Barrack Obama’s July visit to Kenya, a memorandum of understanding was signed. According to cabinet secretary for foreign affairs and international trade Amina Mohamed, it...

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TAZARA SERVICES RESUME

In mid-July, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) announced that scheduled services had been resumed, following their suspension when unionised staff in Zambia embarked on an illegal strike....

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SEBETA LINE PROGRESS

At the eighth meeting of the Ethio-Djibouti joint ministerial council held in Addis Ababa on 23 July, transport minister Workneh Gebeyehu reported progress on the 752km Ethio-Djibouti railway from...

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NEW KENYA LINE THROUGH NATIONAL PARK

According to The Star, published in Nairobi, the Kenya Railways Corporation, Wildlife Service and National Land Commission have reached agreement on a proposed rerouting of the planned new 1,435mm...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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TENDERS FOR NEW TANZANIAN LINE

On 29 May, Tanzanian transport minister Samuel Sitta reportedly told parliament that contracts worth about $US9 billion had been awarded to Chinese firms for the construction of new railways. One of...

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UGANDA-RWANDA RAILWAY

According to a report on JOC.com, “The Uganda government said it would not prioritise the building of a railway between Kampala and the Rwandan capital of Kigali.” The proposed line forms part of...

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COMPENSATING FOR RAIL LAND

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) says it will pay compensation totalling $US45 million for land expropriated for the construction of the new 1,435mm gauge railway being built from Mombasa to Nairobi....

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RWANDA, BURUNDI, TANZANIA PLAN JOINT RAILWAY PROJECT

In August 2013, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda signed a tripartite agreement to “fast-track” the building of a 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa through Nairobi to Kampala and on to Kigali. In June 2014,...

Read More

USA-KENYA TRANSPORT ACCORD

During USA President Barrack Obama’s July visit to Kenya, a memorandum of understanding was signed. According to cabinet secretary for foreign affairs and international trade Amina Mohamed, it...

Read More

TAZARA SERVICES RESUME

In mid-July, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) announced that scheduled services had been resumed, following their suspension when unionised staff in Zambia embarked on an illegal strike....

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SEBETA LINE PROGRESS

At the eighth meeting of the Ethio-Djibouti joint ministerial council held in Addis Ababa on 23 July, transport minister Workneh Gebeyehu reported progress on the 752km Ethio-Djibouti railway from...

Read More

NEW KENYA LINE THROUGH NATIONAL PARK

According to The Star, published in Nairobi, the Kenya Railways Corporation, Wildlife Service and National Land Commission have reached agreement on a proposed rerouting of the planned new 1,435mm...

Read More

AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

Read More

LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

Read More

TENDERS FOR NEW TANZANIAN LINE

On 29 May, Tanzanian transport minister Samuel Sitta reportedly told parliament that contracts worth about $US9 billion had been awarded to Chinese firms for the construction of new railways. One of...

Read More

UGANDA-RWANDA RAILWAY

According to a report on JOC.com, “The Uganda government said it would not prioritise the building of a railway between Kampala and the Rwandan capital of Kigali.” The proposed line forms part of...

Read More

COMPENSATING FOR RAIL LAND

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) says it will pay compensation totalling $US45 million for land expropriated for the construction of the new 1,435mm gauge railway being built from Mombasa to Nairobi....

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GAUTRAIN 12-SET TENDER

The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) intends inviting tenders for the supply of 12 additional trainsets. These are needed to alleviate problems officially termed “capacity constraints”, more...

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KUMBA NOSEDIVES

Kumba Iron Ore has been hit hard by the plummeting global price for the commodity and will not be declaring an interim dividend to shareholders. Headline earnings declared were 61% lower at R2.5...

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PRASA LOCO PRICE FIASCO

It is not clear how the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) arrived at a total of 88 locomotives – the figure reported as constituting the originally intended order to be placed with...

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LOOTSBERG PASS TEST TRAIN

The last scheduled train over the Lootsberg Pass between Graaff-Reinet and Rosmead ran 22 years ago, on 31 May 1993. Recently the line has been extensively overhauled, to provide an alternative route...

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TAZARA SERVICES RESUME

In mid-July, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) announced that scheduled services had been resumed, following their suspension when unionised staff in Zambia embarked on an illegal strike....

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APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE VISITS PRASA

Parliament’s standing committee on appropriations recently conducted an oversight visit to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) depot at Braamfontein where it inspected the new...

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PRASA’S MTIMKULU RESIGNS

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) confirmed late in July that head of engineering services Daniel Mtimkulu had resigned. This followed his being charged by the parastatal with...

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TRANSNET CFO SINGH TO ESKOM

In March 2015, Transnet CEO Brian Molefe was seconded to Eskom as acting CEO for three months and this appointment has been extended by a further three months. It has been announced that another...

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PRASA TO SPEND R172BN ON SIGNALS ETC

In the aftermath of the 17 July rear-end collision between the Booysens and Crown stations, immediately south of the Johannesburg CBD, and in reaction to concerns expressed by the Railway...

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CHINESE COMPANIES AT AFRICA RAIL

Chinese companies that exhibited at the 2015 Africa Rail exhibition and conference in Johannesburg saw the show as a great opportunity for furthering their business. David Wang, Regional Director of...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

Read More

LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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MAURITANIA RAILWAY

Hanno Resources, a mineral exploration company focused on north-west Africa, completed a four-year technical cooperation agreement (TCA) with the government of Western Sahara in June 2011, evaluating...

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SENEGAL - NEW RAILWAY PROPOSED

Senegal President Macky Sall has announced plans to construct a new railway to serve the country’s south-eastern region of Casamance. A feasibility study has been completed, he says, the cost of...

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LINKING DJIBOUTI & WEST AFRICA

Djibouti, the smallest state in the Horn of Africa, is embarking on large infrastructure projects, building six new ports and two airports in the hope of becoming the commercial hub of East Africa....

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GHANA, CENTRE OF THE WORLD, NEEDS MONORAILS

Yaw Nkunim, described on Ghana Web as sculptor, writer, concept developer & CPP member, suggests that if the country is to remain the centre of the world, “once it has enumerated the policy...

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RAIL CHALLENGE FOR ECOWAS

Ghana’s Forum for National Equity, a civil society organisation, has challenged the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to exert the political will needed to build a railway...

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LEVEL CROSSING CONCERNS IN NIGERIA

The reappearance of trains on railways in Nigeria, following many years with none running at all, is catching people unawares at level crossings. Many near misses are being reported and there...

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LAGOS RED LINE METRO

The metro system planned for Lagos comprises two  lines – the Blue Line running east-west from Okukumaiko to Marina, which is under construction, and the Red, running north-south from Ogun...

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NRI TECHNICIANS: 295 GRADUATE

At a ceremony in Lagos during June, 295 trainee technicians graduated at the Nigerian Railway Institute. Representing Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade, the...

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Mishaps

International Rail News

SAUDI ARABIA TALGO ORDER CANCELLED

In February 2015, the Spanish train manufacturer Talgo was awarded a $US201 million contract to supply Saudi Arabia with six trainsets to operate on a proposed 450km high-speed line between...

UNION OF SA ON BORDER RAILWAY

The new Borders Railway linking Edinburgh to Tweedbank opens on 6 September. Four days later, the A4 steam locomotive 60009 Union of South Africa will head the first of three-times-weekly special...

VOSSLOH WINS TRAM-TRAIN ORDER

In 2012, Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachen (VMS) placed an initial order for eight tram-trains for the first stage of a network including lines from Chemnitz to Burgstadt, Hainichen and Mittweida. It...

RAIL MANUFACTURING RESEARCH CENTRE

A collaboration between industry bodies, research universities and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has resulted in the launch of the Rail Manufacturing...