Alstom and the Moroccan railway operator ONCF (Office National des Chemins de Fer), signed a protocol through its joint venture Maloco, created by the two companies, under which Alstom Morocco becomes officially responsible for maintaining the fleet of the new–generation Prima M4 electric locomotives.
These locomotives are in addition to those already being maintained by the Maloco joint venture, thereby strengthening Alstom’s role as the preferred partner of ONCF. “The signing of this protocol consolidates our partnership with ONCF and strengthens the mutual trust between us. We will pursue our long-standing partnership with our customer and in the country in order to contribute to the development of Morocco’s railway infrastructure,” Nourddine Rhalmi, the President of Alstom in Morocco, said.
This protocol follows a contract won by Alstom Morocco in 2018 for the supply of 30 locomotives. On 30 December 2019, Alstom has delivered the first Prima M4 locomotive and since the agreement, fifteen Prima M4 electric locomotives have been delivered to Morocco, of which 10 have entered commercial service, transporting passengers and freight.
The 30 locomotives have a nominal power of 5.5 MW with a maximum operating speed of 160 km/h. The locomotives are supplied with 3 kV DC voltage and are equipped with the ETCS. They require minimal maintenance and offer high reliability and a low lifecycle cost thanks to their modular design.
Alstom has more than 500 employees in Morocco and has carried out several key projects, including signalling, the delivery of 190 Citadis X02 trams to the cities of Rabat (66 trams) and Casablanca (124 trams), 12 Avelia Euroduplex trains for the high-speed line between Tangiers and Casablanca, and 50 Prima locomotives providing the best solutions for freight, passenger and mixed transport services.
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