CRRC Qishuyan locomotives for Nigeria
Nigeria diesel locomotives. CREDIT: CRRC

CRRC Qishuyan ships last batch of locomotives to Nigeria

CRRC Qishuyan has started the delivery of 11 new diesel locomotives to Nigeria, including nine freight locomotives and two shunting locomotives. The latest delivery completes a rolling stock order for 21 diesel locomotives after the first batch of 10 locomotives was delivered in October 2019.

In January 2019, CRRC Qishuyan was awarded a contract by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to supply 21 diesel locomotives. The rolling stock order comprise nine 3.7 MW DF8BN freight locomotives, six 3.6 MW DF11GN passenger locomotives, four NDJ3N diesel multiple units (DMUs) and two 2 MW DF7GN shunting locomotives. Each of the four DMUs comprise two power cars and seven passenger cars and run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

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China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation is constructing new standard-gauge rail lines in Nigeria, including the 156 km Lagos – Ibadan rail line.

The UIC 1435mm locomotives will be used on the Abuja – Kaduna standard-gauge rail line, as well as on the Lagos – Ibadan railway. The 186 km Abuja – Kaduna railway was opened in 2016 while the Lagos – Ibadan railway, whose construction has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is to be completed later this year. The two railway projects, under Nigeria’s Standard Gauge Railway Modernisation Projects (SGRMP), play an important role in stimulating economic development in the country.

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