Multi-disciplinary engineering company Gibb has been awarded a R63 million, four-year contract for the provision of technical advisory services to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s PRASA resignalling project in Durban. The project includes the establishing of a new control centre and the resignalling of all Durban stations. Signalling technology has developed rapidly and as a result certain systems have become obsolete. The scope of the work includes design review, development and enforcing specifications, training Prasa engineering staff as well as construction supervision to ensure that work carried out on site is in accordance with the agency’s requirements.

Gibb has been involved in a number of projects for Prasa. These include the provision of technical advisory services to the organisation’s signalling project in Gauteng in 2011. “We formed a joint venture with a sub-contractor on this project,” general manager of Gibb’s transportation group Johann Rauch explains. Involvement in upgrading Cape Town’s main saw Gibb responsible for all electrical projects. As part of Prasa’s rail network modernisation programme, the company refurbished the Wits and Tshwane sub-stations.

According to Rauch, government’s urging of business to look at rail as an effective means of transporting goods as well as a means of enhancing public transport will create “enormous opportunities” for rail industry sector players.

Source : Railways Africa

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