Alstom has completed the first 20 X’Ttrapolis Mega trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The €4 billion contract is for the supply of 600 X’Ttrapolis Mega trains over 10 years to revitalize the rail industry in South Africa. The 20 trains were manufactured at the Lapa plant, in São Paulo, Brazil.
Gibela, a consortium led by Alstom with Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail, will deliver the 580 remaining trains. The consortium is currently building a 600,000 square meter. plant near Johannesburg in Dunnottar, South Africa. The new manufacturing plant also includes a 4000 square meter training center. At peak production, the facility is expected to produce 62 trains a year. Alstom Brazil will continue transferring technology to Gibela’s technical staff until mid-2018.
Rosângela Tsuruda, general director of Lapa Unit, remarked, “In addition to infrastructure, we are pleased to contribute with technical expertise for this project, providing access to modern rail technology systems and empowering Gibela employees with various facets of rail skills.”