It has been announced that the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) would get its first 42 electric locomotives by November of this year. In this capacity, the company will formally begin operating the stretch of the Standard Gauge Railway between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro (SGR).
Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, the Minister for Works and Transport, was present during the signing of the contract between Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) and Hyundai Rotem, which took place on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. TRC was represented by its director-general, Masanja Kadogosa, during the signing, while Hyundai was represented by Mr. Lee Se-Han, a senior official in the company.
“The Tanzania Railways Authority has ordered 42 electric locomotives from Germany and South Korea. Once they arrive in November, the testing of the SGR section from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro will commence,” says Lee.
Tanzania’s TRC director-general Kadogosa has said that the government will train more local engineers on how to operate the SGR. He said it was encouraging that the contractor has seen the need to train local engineers as part of every contract signed so far.
Mr. Kadogosa emphasized that 200 engineers and ten drivers will go to Korea to learn how to run electric trains. “The approach we are taking is to enable local experts to operate in the SGR rather than relying on foreign engineers,” he said.
He continued to say construction of the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro section of the SGR has reached 92.7 percent. The contractor, Turkish firm Yapi Merkezi, is currently completing the remaining 15 kilometers of the project. Hyundai Rotem will supply EMUs and electric locomotives for the new railway system. The deal follows the Tanzanian government’s plan to modernize its railroads, investing 7.9 trillion ($6.9 billion) to replace its old network.
Tanzania’s standard rail gauge project – the 673-kilometer long railway line connecting Makutupora, Tabora, Isaka, and Mwanza — has three more stages remaining. Hyundai Rotem wants to be involved in future tenders to provide additional electric trains.