Latest generation of locomotives for the Nigerian railway network
8 March 2010
Nigeria has just received its first C25 Diesel locomotives from the company GE Transportation.
This represents a new technology for the Nigerian railway network, which is going to be used for the transport of goods and passengers. The locomotives are equipped with a 12-cylinder Diesel engine with an output of 2500 h.p.
Lorenzo Simonelli, CEO of GE Transportation, stated in a press release that “The experts from GE analyzed the Nigerian network in depth in order to determine the best locomotives to meet its needs. It is a great honour for us to be supporting the growth of the country’s railway infrastructure.” Twenty more locomotives will be delivered in the course of 2010.
An infrastructure project similar to the 11 projects carried out by the EU-African trust fund was presented by Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development at a conference on Thursday, 5 March 2010 in London.
Created in 2007, this will allow huge infrastructure projects to be financed, such as the hydro-electric power plant at Félou in West Africa, or the EASSY fibre optic submarine cable.