French multinational company Alstom has secured a contract from Akiem to carry out the mid-life overhaul of 23 BB 36000 locomotives to improve their longevity and reliability.
The new contract follows an initial agreement signed in April last year to conduct mid-life overhaul of seven BB 36000 trains, which were operating in Morocco.
The locomotives are expected to operate for additional 15 years following the overhaul works.
Akiem group president Fabien Rochefort said: “This technical and industrial collaboration with Alstom has allowed us to define a programme of overhauls in line with our commercial ambitions for this fleet, which we intend to deploy in France as well as in the France-Italy and central European corridors.”
The scope of the maintenance work includes bogie overhauls and obsolescence monitoring, as well as the repair and modernisation of driver's cabins.
Alstom’s service team at the company's Belfort site will carry out the task with the assistance of its service centres.
The Le Creusot facility will assist with the bogie overhauls, Ornans with the traction motors and Tarbes with the traction drive, while the Villeurbanne centre will help with the electronics.
The BB 36000 locomotives were designed and built at the Belfort site and first entered commercial service in 1996.
Alstom France president Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud said: “The mid-life overhaul of this fleet of 23 additional locomotives will allow us to pursue the development of the Services activity at Belfort, as well as our investment and skills development plan."
The final BB 36000 locomotive is scheduled to be delivered to Akiem by 2024 at the latest following the renovation works.
Alstom also noted that Bangalore Metro’s Green Line in Karnataka, India, has begun commercial service equipped with its train control and signalling system.
Alstom delivered design, manufacture, supply, installing, testing and commissioning of the train control and signalling and telecommunications systems under a contract with Bangalore Metro Rail in 2009.