First body-shell ready for new South African EMUs, METALWORKING NEWS
Alstom's Lapa manufacturing plant in Brazil has manufactured the first complete body-shell of the twenty X'Trapolis Mega commuter trains currently under production in the site as part of its 600 trains contract with Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Seven months after the financial close of the €4 billion contract between Alstom and PRASA, the project is well under way, with the manufacturing proceeding smoothly with the Gibela consortium, the local joint venture created to execute the PRASA contract. The consortium, in which Alstom has a 61% stake, also comprises New Africa Rail (9%) and Ubumbano Rail (30%). Ubumbano is the hosting entity in the National Empowerment Fund for the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment partners, which was a critical element in the contract which was awarded in December 2013 and is South Africa's largest-ever rolling stock order.