Alstom begins delivery of Prima M4 locomotives
Posted on 17 Jan 2020 and read 744 times
Alstom has delivered to Morocco the first Prima M4 locomotive relating to a contract signed in 2018 with ONCF (Morocco’s national railway operator) to supply 30 electric Prima locomotives.
The 30 locomotives will be manufactured in Alstom’s plant in Belfort (France); the Alstom team in Morocco will undertake testing, warranty service and maintenance.
The 30 Prima M4 locomotives have a nominal power of 5.5MW and a maximum operating speed of 160kph.
Operating with a 3kV DC voltage, they are equipped with ETCS level 1, require minimum maintenance and provide “a high reliability level with low lifecycle cost, thanks to the modular design”.
) has been manufacturing locomotives for more than 100 years, with its first electric locomotive produced in 1926.
To date, the company sold more than 3,000 locomotives from its Prima range, and six French sites are participating in the production of the locomotives: Belfort (assembling), Le Creusot (bogies), Ornans (motors), Petit-Quevilly (transformers), Tarbes (‘traction chain’ components) and Villeurbanne (on board electronics).
The ETCS components are produced in Madrid.
Alstom has 580 employees in Morocco, where it has contributed to several major railway projects, including the delivery of Citadis trams to Rabat and Casablanca, and 12 Euroduplex VSHT for the high-speed line linking Tangier
In its plant in Fez, Alstom produces cable bundles for rail applications and electrical switchboxes that are supplied to its European plants and mounted on trains exported around the world.