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GE Transportation To Supply 100 Locomotives To South Africa

Posted on December 22, 2009

GE South African Technologies (GESAT) has signed a contract with Transnet Limited to supply Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) with 100 locomotives. Ten of the locomotives will be manufactured in Erie and Grove City, in the state of Pennsylvania, U.S.A and the remaining 90 will be manufactured locally at Transnet Rail Engineering's site in South Africa with kits provided by GE Transportation.

GE's model C30ACi, the first AC diesel electric locomotive to be introduced to sub-Saharan Africa, will have an engine that delivers 3300 Gross Horsepower (GHP) using an electronic fuel-injection system. The locomotives will also feature GE’s AC propulsion technology and dynamic braking. The addition of these new locomotives, which will be used to haul freight and coal, will decrease life-cycle costs, improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

The first locomotives and kits are scheduled to be delivered in early 2011; locomotive assembly in country, with kits from Erie and engines from Grove City, should begin at the end of 2010.

“We are pleased that GE is helping drive South Africa towards a lead manufacturing economy by localizing the production of locomotives in South Africa,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, President and 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.”

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