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GE, Egypt ink agreement for 100 locomotives

The Egyptian government will receive 100 passenger and freight locomotives and employee training from GE Transportation in order to boost their rail infrastructure.

   GE Transportation and the Ministry of Transportation (MoT) in Egypt have signed a $575 million agreement to supply the nation with 100 GE ES30ACi Light Evolution Series locomotives for both passenger and freight rail, GE said in a statement.
   The agreement is accompanied by a 15 year parts and technical support agreement between GE and the Egyptian National Railways (ENR). The agreement includes technical training to improve technical skills for more than 275 ENR engineers and employees.
   “A common thread among national strategies across the globe is the provision of sustainable and advanced infrastructure, with transportation a particularly crucial component,” said John Rice, vice chairman of GE and president and CEO of GE’s Global Growth Organization.
   “What is exciting about this partnership is its truly holistic nature. We are working with the MoT and ENR on the entire process – from ensuring a competitive financing solution with partners to the manufacture and technical support for the locomotives, and the training and development of engineers,” he added. “This is what it takes to be a true partner, engaging at all levels to offer comprehensive end-to-end solutions.”
   The 100 locomotives that will be delivered to Egypt are equipped with a 12-cylinder, 3,200 horsepower GE Evolution Series engine. The locomotive “delivers high power output to enable enhanced productivity and flexibility in heavy haul operations, as well as enhanced reliability,” according to the company.
   “Today, ENR’s fleet includes roughly 80 GE Evolution Series locomotives to move people and goods critical to Egypt’s economy. With this agreement, we will help the region improve its rail infrastructure and bring products to market faster and more efficiently,” said GE Transportation Chief Executive Officer Jamie Miller.

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