ONCF buys 30 electric Prima locomotives

Morocco’s national railway operator, ONCF, awarded Alstom a EUR 130 million contract for the supply of 30 electric Prima locomotives. The locomotives will be manufactured in Belfort plant and Alstom team in Morocco will provide the maintenance services.
“20 Prima locomotives have been successfully in service in Morocco since 2011 and, with this new contract, our journey continues and we are proud to contribute to the development of the Moroccan railway infrastructure”, Brahim Soua, Managing Director of Alstom in Morocco said.
The 30 Prima M4 locomotives have a nominal power of 5.5 MW, a maximum operating speed of 160 km/h and operate under 3 KV DC voltage. They can be equipped with ETCS level 1. They require minimum maintenance and provide a high reliability level and low lifecycle cost thanks to the modular design.
Six French sites will participate in the production of the locomotives: Belfort (manufacturing), Le Creusot (bogies), Ornans (motors), Petit-Quevilly (transformers), Tarbes (traction chain components) and Villeurbanne (on board electronics).