Alstom has received a €130m contract to supply 30 electric Prima M4 locomotives to Morocco’s national railway operator, ONCF.

The deal was awarded to Alstom following an international tender process, which was originally launched by ONCF in March last year.

The contracted locomotives are set to be manufactured in Alstom’s Belfort plant, while the company’s Moroccan team will be responsible for providing after-sales service and maintenance.

"The contracted locomotives are set to be manufactured in Alstom’s Belfort plant, while the company’s Moroccan team will be responsible for providing after-sales service and maintenance."

Alstom Morocco managing director Brahim Soua said: “We are delighted that ONCF has renewed its confidence in our company and our products.

“Thanks to a consolidated and historical partnership based on mutual trust and a real teamwork spirit with our customer, 20 Prima locomotives have been successfully in service in Morocco since 2011 and today, with this new contract, our journey continues and we are proud to contribute to the development of the Moroccan railway infrastructure.”

The 30 electric locomotives are expected to have a nominal power of 5.5MW and will operate under 3KV DC voltages.

The vehicles are capable of operating at a maximum speed of 160 km/h and can also be equipped with ETCS level 1.

Alstom’s six France-based facilities in Belfort, Le Creusot, Ornans, Tarbes, Petit-Quevilly and Villeurbanne will be involved in the production of the 30 Prima new trains.

Alstom has previously been engaged in multiple projects in Morocco, including the delivery of Citadis trams to the cities of Rabat and Casablanca, as well as 12 Avelia Euroduplex trains for the Tangier-Casablanca high-speed line.

The company has sold more than 3,000 Prima-range locomotives over the last 20 years.