Harsco Rail wins two international contracts

Harsco’s Rail Division won two contracts valuated at USD 25 million in Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
The first contract involves the production of precision rail grinding equipment for use on the double-tracked 453 km high speed line being built between Mecca and Medina. When completed, the rail line is projected to carry a maximum of as many as 166,000 passengers per day. The Harsco-built machines will be used to maintain railhead contours for extended rail life and smoother operation, thus reducing fuel consumption, operating costs and noise. Grinding also corrects possible surface damage that can potentially lead to rail fractures. Harsco’s order also includes initial operator training as well as spare parts support.
Under the second order, Harsco Rail will provide two on-track measuring vehicles for the assessment of rail geometry and ballast profiling in South Africa, working as an Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) partner in support of Transnet Freight Rail, the heavy haul railway freight system within South Africa. Harsco will be supplying the vehicles to Molamu Majories and Thari Joint Venture (MMTR), the contractor to Transnet.
Deliveries under both orders are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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