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Construction starts on Moroccan HSL
David Briginshaw Editor-in-chief
ING Mohammed VI of Morocco, together with French president Mr Nicholas Sarkozy and Prince Megrin Ben Adbulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, were present on September 29 at the launch of construction on Morocco’s first high-speed line. The 200km Tangiers - Kénitra line will have a design speed of 350km/h and a maximum operating speed of 320km/h.
The Dirhams 20bn ($US 2.54bn) project involves construction and fitting out of the line and the depot, and acquisition of a fleet of 14 double-deck high-speed trains from Alstom. Morocco will contribute Dirhams 800m a year to the project. France, as the main financial and technical partner, will contribute ƒ920m (Dirhams 10.3bn). Other funding will come from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, and the Arab Fund for Economic and
Social Development (IRJ January p18). Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) will also upgrade the existing line between Kénitra and Casablanca to reduce the journey time between Tangiers and Casablanca from 3h 40min today to 2h 20min when the project is completed in 2015. ONCF expects traffic to increase from 52 million journeys at present to 133 million once the high-speed service is fully operational.
Congo iron-ore line agreement signed
QUATORIAL Resources has signed an agreement with Congo Ocean Railway (CFCO) to push forward plans to rehabilitate the 1067mmgauge railway to allow the Mayoko-Moussondji iron-ore project to proceed. As a result, work on a definitive feasibility study will start before the end of the year to determine the cost of rehabilitating the railway from the mine to Pointe Noire. Under the agreement, CFCO will treat all approved capital investment by Equatorial Resources as prepayment against future operating charges levied by CFCO. When the study is completed next year, the two parties will enter into a 25-year user agreement which will determine the cost per tonne for using the railway. The upgraded line will allow 10 million tonnes a year of iron-ore to be transported. It is planned to operate eight ore trains a day, each consisting of two locomotives and 38 wagons with a payload of 1748 tonnes. This will require a 15-tonne axleload, with the possibility to upgrade to 20-tonne axleloads. The railway will also have capacity for a daily freight train to serve the mine, and three paths for maintenance.
Oligarchs go head-to-head in Freight One sell-off
WO of Russia’s most powerful oligarchs were expected to bid for a controlling stake in Russian Railways’ (RZD) Freight One subsidiary in a public auction on October 28. RZD is selling 75% minus two shares in the company with
the bidding expected to start at Roubles 125.4bn ($US 3.8bn). According to Reuters, Russia’s richest man Mr Vladimir Lisin will bid through his transport company Universal Cargo Logistics Holding, which will face competition from petrochemical
giant Transoil, controlled by billionaire oil trader Mr Gennady Timchenko. Bidding is likely to be a straight battle between these two parties after Globaltrans withdrew due to volatility in the global markets, despite securing the finance for its bid.
Loram unveils ballast cleaner
ETCS Level 2 for Vienna - Breclav
ORAM displayed the first of 11 high-performance shoulder ballast cleaners being supplied to China at the Railway Interchange exhibition in Minneapolis in September. The value of the $US 50m contract is divided equally between Loram and its new Chinese joint venture partner. ”There will be a phased transfer of construction to China as part of a 10-year project,” Mr Joe Carlin,
Loram's vice-president, OEM operations, told IRJ at Railway Interchange. “This is our first stint at co-production with a Chinese partner. We plan a similar venture in India - we already produce machines in India with a small local content, but under the new deal the proportion of Indian content will increase.” Loram also displayed its latest rail grinding train for the North American market. The
high-speed machine has improved diagnostics and should be easier to maintain. “We are seeing a 30 to 35% improvement in the amount of work we can do in one possession,” says Carlin. Loram has won a $US 50m contract from German Rail (DB) for two large mainline rail grinding trains. “This is the first time DB has ordered its own grinding trains,” says Carlin.
HE infrastructure division of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has awarded a ƒ7m contract to Siemens to install ETCS Level 2 train control on the 87km main line linking Vienna with Breclav, Czech Republic, which includes 11 stations. Siemens will install its Trainguard 200 RBC which it says can be integrated with existing interlockings using standard interfaces. The project is due to completed by the end of 2013. The contract includes an option worth ƒ4.5m to equip the new Central station currently under construction in the Austrian capital.
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IRJ - November 2011
Sun, sand, surf and now light rail
Adelaide’s rail rebirth
Niche operators keep railfreight rolling
A modular approach to resignalling
The next generation of railway telecoms
Automating defect detection
Full contact list
The last word
IRJ - November 2011