General Electric locomotives for Angola and Mozambique to be built in South Africa

10 May 2013

US group General Electric (GE) may build locomotives for Angola and Mozambique in South Africa under the terms of a partnership with Transnet Engineering, the chairman and chief executive of GE for Southern Africa, Tim Schweikert said Wednesday.

The group has placed order with Transnet Engineering, of state railway group Transnet, construction of 143 large capacity locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail, which are being built at a factory in Koedoespoort, on the outskirts of Pretoria.

Construction of locomotives for Angola and Mozambique at the factory is part of the desire of South Africa’s Department of State Companies, which owns the Transnet group, to revive the rail industry in South Africa.

Schweikert also said that the plan, which includes construction of railway equipment in other countries, is intended to respond to the economic growth seen over the last few years in several African nations, including Mozambique.

For Mozambique, GE has an order from Mozambican state rail and port manager Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique for 10 locomotives and for Angola the first 15 locomotives from a total order of 100 will be built at the factory. (macauhub)