Namibia’s national railway TransNamib has signed a $22.7m contract with GE Transportation for six C23EMP diesel locomotives.
The brand new 1,067mm gauge diesel locomotives are anticipated to be delivered to Walvis Bay within the next 18 to twenty months.
The new locomotives are an improved model of the present GE locos which have been within the service of TransNamib for the previous 50 years.
These locos will probably be deployed on trains, to transport sulphuric acid from Tsumeb to Arandis, which will likely be operated TransNamib under a ten-12 months contract awarded earlier this 12 months by Dundee Precious Steel Tsumeb.
Because the nation’s independence, this order is the corporate’s first buy of GE locomotives and they’re anticipated to final for a minimum of 30 years.
The TransNamib governance constructions have sanctioned the negotiations and growth of the acquisition settlement, after a rigorous procurement course of.
GE Transportation for Africa president and CEO Thomas Konditi mentioned: “I can affirm with none hesitation in regards to the governance, ethics, excellent negotiation expertise, standard and high degree of professionalism the TransNamib Workforce exhibited all through the acquisition and negotiation processes.
The corporate noted that the execution of the deal is an important milestone in fulfilment of its obligations to transport sulphuric acid from Tsumeb to Arandis.
In June, GE’s Trip Optimiser technology was put in on Florida East Coast Railway’s (FECR) 24 new GE ES44C4 locomotives as a way to handle fuel expense whereas maintaining predictable transit times.
Trip Optimiser is an intelligent, fuel-saving cruise management for locomotive that optimises fuel consumption primarily based on a selected practice’s make-up and the route travelled.
This technology is a part of RailConnect 360, a connected suite of software options that provides knowledge-pushed insights and it makes use of large information to study a prepare’s traits after which builds an optimum working plan over a given terrain for the prepare.