South Korean-based company Hyundai Rotem has won a $ 295.65 million (335.4 billion won) contract from the Tanzania Railways Limited (TRC) to deliver eco-friendly rail vehicles.
Under the contract, TRC will receive $ 190.12 million worth of 80 trains and $ 155.3 million worth of 17 electric locomotives from Hyundai Rotem.
These vehicles will be delivered by 2024.
As part of Tanzania’s Standard Gauge Rail (SGR) line project, the new rolling stock will operate on the 546km high-speed wire linking Dar es Salaam and McTupola.
The 97 vehicles operate at a top speed of 160km / hr and can carry up to about 590 commuters.
These new trains are much faster than the diesel trains currently operating in Tanzania at 30-40km / h.
In addition to wheelchair-accessible seats, there is also a nursing room.
Hyundai Rotem said it will be the company’s first eco-friendly train to run in Tanzania.
As the Tanzanian government is working on a rail infrastructure project, the company hopes to secure future deals.
Approximately $ 7 billion has been invested by the national government in the SGR project.
The project will build a 1,219 km railway connecting Dar es Salaam and Mwanza with a standard gauge of 1,435 mm.
We are aiming to improve the railway infrastructure in Tanzania, and the volume of passenger and freight transportation is expected to increase.
During April National Egyptian National Railways Industry Company Egypt’s Ministry of Transport, Planning and Economic Development has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Rotem.
Hyundai Rotem is an affiliate of the Hyundai Motor Group, which manages Hyundai Motor and Kia Motor.