Tuesday, January 10, 2012

GE marks Transnet locomotive order

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During a ceremony Tuesday at the Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) facility in Koedoespoort, South Africa, Transnet SOC Ltd. and GE South Africa Technologies Ltd. (GESAT) marked the signing of a contract for 43 new Model C30ACi locomotives for South Africa, bringing the total number of GE locomotives ordered to 143 since December 2009. 

GE Transportation will provide locomotive kits for 43 locomotives to GESAT in South Africa. GESAT will work with Transnet Rail Engineering for local assembly. The kits will be manufactured at GE Transportation’s manufacturing plants in Erie and Grove City, Pa., and assembled in South Africa. 

The assembly kits for local production will ship in batches starting in the second quarter 2012. The 43 locomotives are scheduled to be delivered by June 2013 and will enter revenue service shortly thereafter.

“The acquisition of these locomotives is part of our fleet renewal program, a key element of our R110 billion ($13.6 billion), five-year capital investment program,” said Brian Molefe, CEO of Transnet Group. “Improving the average age of our assets is crucial in our efforts to improve our reliability, efficiency and our ultimate goal of running a scheduled railway.”

“GE is honored to build on its long standing partnership with Transnet with this new order for GE locomotives to South Africa,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of GE Transportation. “These locomotives will create great opportunities for Transnet, South Africa, and GESAT. Transnet will be able to significantly improve hauling capability while reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Our partnership also is a significant investment in job development, economic advancement and infrastructure growth on both sides of the Atlantic.”

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