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Old April 22nd, 2011, 08:32 PM   #141
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Pics of Park Station which will serve the Johannesburg CBD.
The rest of the line opens in July.

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Old June 30th, 2011, 02:20 PM   #143
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Pics of Park Station which will serve the Johannesburg CBD.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 02:08 AM   #144
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World’s largest rail contract up for grabs

The world’s largest rail contract is up for grabs as SA revamps its commuter rail services. Razina Munshi assesses its promise to revitalise the industry while adopting a new model for black empowerment.

Before the end of the year, one of seven international bidders will be awarded the most lucrative rail contract currently available in the world.

It will be the Passenger Rail Agency of SA's (Prasa) first major tender, for the manufacture of new commuter coaches.

With an initial tranche of R40bn over 10 years, the new fleet is the biggest single item of government infrastructure spending since SA's preparation for the soccer World Cup.

It is the first part of a spending programme valued at R123bn over 20 years, for the replacement of Prasa's rolling stock.

This makes it more than double the value of the 1999 arms deal and as likely to generate debate and acrimony, given Prasa's pledge to revive the commuter rail industry and to raise the bar on the way the black empowerment component is implemented.

SA's commuter railways are in a state of disrepair. Three decades of little or no investment is bringing the system to a grinding halt. The frequency of collisions is rising and the number of commuters who have been injured has soared over the past two years.

Prasa CEO Lucky Montana says SA's commuter rail requirements are so critical that without an efficient and functioning system, efforts to grow and sustain cities and the economy will not work.

Prasa board chairman Sfiso Buthelezi is even more frank: "If we don't do something now, the system will collapse. This is the consequence of decades of no investment in rail."

The last time Prasa bought a train was in 1986, from the Japanese.

The average age of Metrorail's fleet is 40 years. Metrorail is Prasa's commuter rail service in urban areas. Shosholoza Meyl, its regional and long-distance network, is only slightly better off, with an average coach age of 30.

The first 10-year tender will produce 3600 coaches out of a total of 7224 over 20 years. It will deliver modern commuter coaches to replace Metrorail's old, outdated and unsafe carriages.

A decision to procure a new fleet from manufacturers abroad would have been an easy option. But Prasa won't just buy trains, says Montana.

"If we are buying a train, we also want to buy local jobs, local skills and buy into a rail industry for SA. We must create the black industrialists of the future."

The size of the programme - all with guaranteed funding from national treasury - justifies the creation of an industry.

SA once had a thriving rail engineering sector but decades of under investment and neglect caused local capability, technology and skills to fall away .

To revitalise it, as Prasa hopes, will require the transfer of technology, meaningful skills development and the creation of 66000 new direct and indirect jobs. It also presents an opportunity for black economic empowerment (BEE) players to get a foothold in the sector, which will help achieve Prasa's goal of creating black industrialists.

It is rare that an entire fleet is procured all at once - usually coaches are acquired as and when old ones need replacing.

Unfortunately, government waited until it was almost too late to act. One-third of Prasa's coaches need to be retired within the next three years.

However, the magnitude of the expenditure and the fact that it will come from government's coffers is expected to forge a new industry.



Seven international companies and consortia have submitted bids, after a request for proposals which closed in September. Prasa says it will announce its preferred bidder in the first week of December.

Those in the running are Spanish firm CAF, Canadian Bombardier, China South Rail, China North Rail, Gibela Rail Transportation (comprising French manufacturer Alstom and SA company Actom), Dudula Rail (made up of Swiss company Stadler, ABB SA and Naledi Rail Engineering), and a seventh consortium of China South Rail and Wictra.

The tender comes at a time when rail manufacturers are scrambling to expand into new markets. The rail market in Europe is saturated, and demand during an economic crisis is low.

Even with fairly stringent requirements, this makes Prasa's tender an attractive prospect. Several bidders have praised the process so far.

The tender requirements include:

The construction of a local manufacturing facility by 2016;

65% local content (goods and services sourced in SA) by mid-2016;

Mandatory skills development of local artisans, technicians, engineers and technologists;

The transfer of rail intellectual property;

Sustainable job creation; and

The creation of a local supply chain.

Furthermore, the winning bidder will have to partner with an empowerment consortium which Prasa will select through a separate bidding process. It has set a minimum requirement of 30% for broad-based BEE in the project.

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Old December 6th, 2012, 01:08 AM   #145
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Prasa names supplier for fleet renewal

THE Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the operator of commuter rail service Metrorail, has selected Gibela Rail Transportation (a consortium made up of Alstom and local company Actom) as its preferred supplier of rolling stock for its fleet renewal programme.

French power and transport group Alstom has been operating in South Africa mainly in the power sector as a supplier of technology for Eskom’s two new coal-fired power stations, while Actom is an electrical engineering firm.

"I am satisfied that the process was comprehensive, rigorous and exhaustive, and most importantly fair," Minister of Transport Ben Martins said in Johannesburg.

The programme will see the replacement of Prasa’s existing fleet over the next 20 years through the purchase of as many as 7,224 new coaches.

Prasa’s procurement programme is intended to support the development of local expertise in train building and component manufacturing.

Yvan Eriau, MD of Alstom South Africa, said it was a big day for South Africa and for Alstom.

"We are all very proud to be the preferred bidder, we will do all we can to show it was the best choice," Mr Eriau said.

Gibela Rail Transportation will need to invest heavily in local engineering capacity to meet the local content requirements.

This investment will not be restricted to cash, but will be linked to an equal investment in the intellectual property of each of its suppliers, enabling the local industry to meet the technical specifications for modern rail manufacturing. This could require the training and retooling of a wide range of manufacturing businesses.

Passenger coaches, unlike locomotives, have a far more diverse supplier base, with as many as 600 different components required for the final assembly of a coach.

Everything from window frames, glass, doors, seats, seat covers and cabling, to bogeys, traction and braking systems are needed. It provides an opportunity to revitalise the rail engineering sector and related sectors, which has the potential to act as a catalyst for growth and job creation.

Prasa must retire a third of its fleet within three years as the coaches have reached the end of their economic lives. The average age of the commuter fleet is 42 years. Rolling stock is expensive and the investment required is enormous. Decades of little to no investment in commuter rail services have led to an unreliable service which is used daily by 2.3-million commuters.

The Treasury has set aside R40bn for the first 10-year phase of the 20-year programme, which is less than half of the money that will be required to meet the extended demand for commuter services by 2035.

Prasa has been clear that the process cannot be delayed, as the demand for public transport in a rapidly urbanising country continues to grow.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 02:08 PM   #146
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Any pictures available yet of what the new carriages will look like? Any pics of what they are replacing?
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Old January 17th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #147
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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:44 PM   #148
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Nice looking trains. How safe would it be for an overseas tourist to ride the trains in Cape Town or Durban? Does a tourist even have need to? Are any attractions on train lines?
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Old December 5th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #154
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Siemens awarded Gauteng signalling contract

04 Dec 2013

SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has awarded Siemens a €180m contract to complete the replacement of signalling and train control systems on lines around Johannesburg and Pretoria by 2018.

In 2011 Siemens was awarded an initial €90m contract covering the replacement of around a quarter of the obsolete signalling equipment in Gauteng province, as well as the construction of a control centre to manage the lines from 2018.

The latest contract announced on December 4 covers the rest of the equipment. It will involve the installation of 83 Trackguard Sicas S7 interlockings, Clearguard ACM 200 axle counting systems and a track occupancy detection system.

'The new train protection system not only increases capacity, but also ensures more flexibility, greater safety and fewer delays', said Sami Atiya, CEO of the Siemens Mobility & Logistics Division.
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It's out-of-date, but interesting news:

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Zuma opens Durban rail link project



Saturday 19 October 2013 - 1:04pm

DURBAN - President Jacob Zuma has urged the public to look after rail infrastructure when he unveiled the Bridge City Rail Link Project in Durban on Saturday.

"I urge all of you to utilise these services that are being unveiled today (Saturday) and to look after them," Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery.

"We will continue as government to roll out these infrastructure projects, but we need your support to look after them, they are a national resource.

"We cannot and should not therefore burn trains just because we are angry that they have come late."

The new rail link is 3.5km long and cost R1.3-billion.

The new Bridge City station included a bus and taxi interchange and was the largest rail infrastructure development project in the Durban area.

"Being only 17km from the Durban city centre, the Bridge City Centre brings together the communities of Phoenix and Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu and links them into the urban system," Zuma said.

"It serves as the social and commercial centre to an area housing a population of over 800,000 people, who at present have generally poor access to facilities and social services."

The new rail link would improve access to facilities and social services.

"Bridge City is thus a catalyst for economic growth and the empowerment of surrounding communities," Zuma said.

"This is why we say this wonderful development is part of the celebration of freedom as it contributes to improving the quality of life of our people."

Over the past five years government invested over R40 billion in passenger rail infrastructure and services, and a further R50-billion would be invested over the next few years.

"Today we have trains that cut across residential areas and cities making it easy for commuters to travel," he said

"This is part of the developments that come with living in a free democratic society, a freedom that many fought for and sacrificed for."

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Old March 17th, 2014, 05:22 PM   #156
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Transnet awards R50bn worth of locomotives contracts

TRANSNET has awarded a total of R50bn worth of contracts to two Chinese and two North American railway groups for the building of 1,064 electric and diesel locomotives as part of its R308bn market demand strategy to 2019.

Chinese groups CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive and CNR Rolling Stock SA and their empowerment partners will make about 60% of the locomotives, in what Transnet says is the largest ever locomotive supply contract in South Africa’s history.

Bombardier Transportation SA and General Electric SA Technologies and their empowerment partners will build the rest.

All the locomotives, except for 70, will be built in Transnet Engineering’s plants in Pretoria and Durban. Along with preferential procurement and local content stipulations, this will significantly benefit South African manufacturing, providing technology transfer, high level technical skills, and on-the-job training.

CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive and Bombardier Transportation SA will supply 599 electric locomotives between them, while General Electric SA Technologies and CNR Rolling Stock SA will provide another 465 diesel locomotives in total.

"This marks a significant milestone in (Transnet’s) history together with substantial socioeconomic benefits for South Africa," Brian Molefe, Transnet group CE, said on Monday.

Mr Molefe said the transaction would create and sustain 30,000 jobs in total, while substantially reducing freight congestion on South African roads. By 2019, about 350-million-metric tonnes of freight a year would be carried by Transnet, up from slightly more than 200-million tonnes a year now.

This is the second Transnet award for CSR Zhuzhou Electric. In October 2012, Transnet had awarded a group led by the Chinese railway manufacturer a R2.6bn contract for 95 electric locomotives.

http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/tra...ives-contracts
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Old April 29th, 2014, 07:01 PM   #158
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Financial close on PRASA train order
29 Apr 2014


Impression of X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter electric multiple-unit for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: Alstom announced financial close on the €4bn contract for the supply of 600 X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter electric multiple-units to Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa on April 29.

Financial close on the deal follows the signing on October 14 2013 of the contract covering the delivery of 3 600 cars over 10 years. The first 20 X’Trapolis Mega (MEtric GAuge) 1 067 mm gauge EMUs are to be produced at Alstom's Lapa plant in Brazil, and the rest at a manufacturing facility to be built in Dunnottar, 50 km east of Johannesburg. The EMUs will have more than 65% local content, as well as input from Alstom’s sites at Ornans, Tarbes, Le Creusot, Reichshoffen, Villeurbanne and Saint-Ouen in France, Sesto in Italy and Charleroi in Belgium.

The Gibela joint venture led by Alstom and co-owned by local shareholders Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail will provide support and spares for 18 years.

Alstom said the project ‘is one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide and is the largest contract ever signed in Alstom's history’. The deal ‘confirms the intent of the company to establish itself as a leader in fast growing markets’ and ‘marks a significant milestone in Alstom's strategy to strengthen its presence at both global and local levels, thanks to its worldwide industrial footprint and strategic partnerships that enable proximity with its customers.’
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Prasa, Gibela unveil designs for X’Trapolis Mega commuter train







THE Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and the Gibela empowerment consortium have unveiled the interior and exterior designs for Prasa’s fleet of 600 Alstom train sets to be built over 10 years to 2027.

The parties said detailed plans to build the vehicles had now been approved, making it possible to commence with the manufacturing phase of the new X’Trapolis Mega commuter train to be delivered by Gibela to Prasa by 2027.

The first 20 trains will be built in Brazil, with the remainder being built at a purpose built manufacturing plant in Gauteng, starting in 2017.

The design features were made public at the Africa Rail transport and infrastructure show at the Sandton convention centre on Wednesday, after the contract for the supply of the trains came into force in April.

"The project is running at full speed and we have successfully completed the first important milestone," Prasa group CEO Lucky Montana said.

"We are very satisfied with the progress made and the results achieved, this train will become a national asset, which will satisfy the needs of our passengers and make them proud to use it."

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Gibela is 61% held by Alstom Southern African Holdings, 9% by New Africa Rail and 30% by Ubumbano Rail.

Prasa's R51bn order is the largest in Alstom’s history and one of the largest in the world in recent years.

Alstom has been doing business in South Africa for at least 100 years and supplies electrical equipment that it says helps provide 80% of the nation’s electricity in recent years.

Alstom also provides turnkey power plant solutions, including for hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind energy.

The building of 580 of the 600 “electrical multiple unit” trains in SA by 2027, each comprising six coaches that include the vehicle’s traction systems, will be made up of 65% local content.

Up to 500 suppliers will help create 30,000 jobs in SA over the contract period, with 19,000 people to be trained.

The design review process saw project teams from Prasa and Gibela working together for the first time in the project execution phase.

"Thanks to Alstom’s advanced technology the review was done quickly and efficiently," Gibela CEO Marc Granger said on Wednesday.

Alstom said that aesthetic design was an integral part of the development of its trains, and involved 20 people at its design and styling department in Paris.

The Alstom designers worked with Prasa designers to achieve the final look of the train, using three dimensional imagery systems that allowed them to "walk" inside a digital mock-up of the train.

Train engineers could then view specific parts in actual size to better judge how components would fit into the final product.

"At Alstom we believe that the concept of a new train should reflect the character and culture of the city or country where it will run, as well as the identity of the operator," Alstom design and styling director Xavier Allard said on Tuesday evening, during a media preview of the design.

"In the case of Prasa, the design of the train is inspired by SA’s rapid advancement towards increased modernity and technological progress."

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