Friday, December 18, 2009

South Africa’s Transnet taps GE for 100 locomotives

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GE South African Technologies (GESAT), GE Transportation's entity in South Africa, said Friday it has been awarded a contract to supply 100 locomotives Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa's state-owned rail freight logistics utility, whose parent is Transnet Ltd.

GE said 10 of the locomotives will be manufactured in GE Transportation’s Erie, Pa., and Grove City, Pa., facilities. The remaining 90 will be manufactured locally at Transnet Rail Engineering’s site in South Africa with kits provided by GE Transportation.  

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“We are pleased that GE is helping drive South Africa towards a lead manufacturing economy by localizing the production of locomotives in South Africa. We look forward to sharing some of our global success with Transnet and thus jointly expanding our regional footprint,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, presidentand CEO of GE Transportation.

“GE’s extensive knowledge in localizing locomotive assembly can be witnessed in some of the world’s leading developing economies such as China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan," Simonelli said. "Each of our global manufacturing sites has been specifically customized in line with customer and country requirements and capabilities. We worked closely with Transnet Rail Engineering to develop a comprehensive localization plan that complements local strengths and transfers world-class skills and technology where applicable.”

GE said its model C30ACi, the first AC diesel electric locomotive to be introduced to sub-Saharan Africa, will have an engine that delivers 3,300 Gross HorsePower (GHP) using an electronic fuel-injection system that automatically supplies the exact amount of fuel needed for optimal engine efficiency. The locomotives will also feature GE’s AC propulsion technology and dynamic braking.

Addition of the new locomotives, which will be used to haul freight and coal, will decrease life-cycle costs, improve fuel efficiency, and reduce emissions, GE said.