The largest project in Alstom’s history, for suburban trains in South Africa , comes into force

The largest project in Alstom’s history, for suburban trains in South Africa , comes into force :Alstom is pleased to announce that PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) and Gibela(1) , have concluded the financial close of the contract signed on the 14 October 2013 for the supply of 600 X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains (3,600 cars) over a period of 10 years.

The contract includes the construction of a local manufacturing facility in Dunnottar, 50 km east of Johannesburg. In addition, Gibela will provide technical support and supply of spare parts over an 18-year period. The overall value of this contract is worth € 4bn.

This project is one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide and is the largest contract ever signed in Alstom’s history. It confirms the intent of the company to establish itself as a leader in fast growing markets. It also marks a significant milestone in Alstom’s strategy to strengthen its presence at both global and local levels, thanks to its worldwide industrial footprint and strategic partnerships that enable proximity with its customers.

PRASA will be supplied with the X’Trapolis Mega, the new X’Trapolis train developed by Alstom to fit South Africa’s 1.067 m gauge. The first 20 trains will be produced at Alstom’s Lapa plant in Brazil. Then the 600,000 m² manufacturing site in Dunnottar will produce the 580 trains destined for manufacture in South Africa and will house an engineering centre and training facility.

The project will create over 1,500 direct jobs in the local factory and 33,000 indirect jobs over 10 years, achieving a local content level of over 65%. 19,000 people will be trained by Alstom during the project. Alstom’s French sites in Ornans, Tarbes, Le Creusot, Reichshoffen, Villeurbanne and Saint-Ouen will also be involved in the project as well as the sites in Sesto in Italy and Charleroi in Belgium.

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Source : www.alstom.com

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