Gibela plant on track to completion

Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout has confirmed that the Gibela plant in Dunnottar, South Africa is nearing completion; The plant is projected to begin operation around March next year and the project currently in the process of commissioning the industrial equipment at the plant. 

As per the US $4.4m agreement signed in 2014, the Gibela consortium is expected to deliver 600 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains (3600 cars) to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), which means Gibela will have to build one train car a day in 2019, at the peak of production. However, the consortium has already identified and developed 100 local component suppliers for the project.
These selected companies will supply directly to Gibela, while the others will supply to Alstom Ubunye, which will, in turn, provide a number of components to Gibela. The components include bogies, traction systems, converters, control systems and looming. 
Alstom Ubunye which is the former Nigel-based Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering acquired 51% of the rolling stock refurbishment business in 2016. This is an initiative that will lead to the creation of a number of jobs. The plant will reach 630 people by March next year, peaking at 1000 people, excluding employment at component manufacturers.

Posted on : 12 Dec,2017

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