Hyundai Rotem electric locomotive. CREDIT: Hyundai Rotem

Hyundai Rotem wins Tanzania EMU order

Hyundai Rotem has won a 335.4 billion Won (US$ 296.5m) order for electric multiple units (EMUs) and electric locomotives in Tanzania.

Hyundai Rotem will supply 80 EMUs and 17 electric locomotives to the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) by 2024.

The EMU order is worth 215.7bn Won ($191m), while the locomotive order is worth 119.7bn Won ($105.5m).

The eight-car EMUs will carry up to 590 passengers, and a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

The trains will run on the new 546-km SGR rail line from Dar es Salaam to Makutopora via Morogoro, the first two phases of Tanzania’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project. Three more phases remain — Makutopora – Tabora (294km), Tabora – Isaka (130km), and Isaka – Mwanza (341km) — and with this first order, Hyundai Rotem plans to actively participate in future bids to supply more electric trains.

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Tanzania plans to inaugurate the 202-km Dar es Salaam – Morogoro rail line later this year upon finalizing electrical system tests on the line. The project whose construction started in April 2017 is being implemented by Yapi Merkezi and Mota-Engil Africa.

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