Jul 13, 2012
Transnet aiming to become original-equipment supplierBack
Engineering|Johannesburg|Pretoria|Africa|CoAL|Components|Diesel|Engines|GE|GE South Africa Technologies|GE Transportation|General Electric|Locomotives|Motors|PROJECT|Roads|Transnet|Africa|South Africa|United States|Transnet Rail Engineering’s Koedoespoort Manufacturing Plant|Equipment|Logistics|Manufacturing|Manufacturing Plant|Motors|Service|Brian Molefe|Lorenzo Simonelli|Motors|Rail|Locomotive|Locomotives|Motors|Diesel
© Reuse this
“We want to build our own locomotives and trains,” he told a business briefing in Johannesburg, adding that while there were challenges ahead, he was confident that with the support of government and other stakeholders, this goal could be achieved.
OEM status spin-offs would go hand in hand with localisation and, therefore, local skills development and job creation, Molefe indicated.
In addition to its initial order of 100 locomotives from General Electric’s (GE's) local arm GE South Africa Technologies, Transnet, at the beginning of this year, agreed to purchase an additional 43 units.
“As part of our agreement we are committed, along with GE, to stringent localisation, industrialisation, skills development and job creation,” Molefe pointed out.
According to the contract, ten of the locomotives were manufactured in the US and 133 were to be assembled locally at Transnet Rail Engineering’s Koedoespoort manufacturing plant outside Pretoria, with locomotive kits provided by US-based GE Transportation in the states.
More than 54 locomotives were already in service, generating significant operational efficiencies for Transnet Freight Rail (TFR).
“This project has significant local content. The only components that come from the US are the traction motors and engines, but we are investing in research to develop our own traction motors and engines,” he told Engineering News Online.
He added that Transnet was increasingly procuring some parts locally.
Meanwhile, GE Transportation announced on Tuesday that, along with its joint venture company GE South Africa Technologies, the 42nd locomotive had been delivered.
The locomotive was the most advanced diesel-electric locomotive ever built in South Africa and overshot GE’s self-imposed target of 30% local content, achieving 37%, which was the target for the 133 locomotives to be assembled in South Africa.
GE Transportation said its first contract to supply 100 locomotives to TFR was now 50% complete.
“Transnet will be able to significantly improve hauling capability, while reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions,” GE Transportation global president and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli said.
Two of the new locomotives are said to be able to do the work of three older locomotives, saving 600 000 l of fuel a year and reducing emissions by 1 500 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the same period. This was equivalent to eliminating the emissions from 310 cars on South African roads.
The GE Model C30ACi is the first locomotive in the South African region to meet stringent UIC2 emissions standards and would be used to haul freight and coal, while offering decreased life-cycle costs.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other News This Week News
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
This Week's Magazine
While Ekurhuleni-based transformer manufacturer Reliable Transformers currently designs, manufactures and tests its products according to the SANS 780 specifications for distribution transformers and other applicable transformer specifications, it is working towards...
Global endpoint security solutions company Kaspersky Lab has introduced new measures to prevent cyber criminals from accessing sensitive data, alongside its malware-signature and heuristic device analysis detection methods. Threats to mobile devices have increased...
To ensure uptake and a positive impact, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks in cities must be provided at schools, community centres and commercial centres to enable citizens and government to access information that will improve access to and delivery of services....
Eco-estate Monaghan Farm, located near Lanseria airport, north-west of Johannesburg, has taken a new approach to modern living and sustainability with its 517 ha development, dedicated to farm living.
Forklift and lift-truck distributor Goscor Lift Hi-Reach launched the Genie SX-180, the tallest self-propelled super boom in Africa, in Johannesburg last month. “As the official distributor of the well-known Genie range of equipment in Southern Africa, we are pleased...