A Transnet contract worth almost R8 billion for new Chinese-manufactured locomotives has come under fire after the first two trains are yet to become operational, reports News24.
This is due to a reported alternator issue in both of the first two diesel locomotives delivered to Transnet by China’s state-owned CRRC Corporation.
The locomotives’ alternators are said to “vibrate excessively”, an issue that has existed in alternators of similar Chinese-manufactured locomotives ordered by Namibia and the main reason why the country had cancelled its deal with the Chinese supplier.
As a result Transnet are now refusing to accept the remaining 18 locomotives due to be delivered until the issue has been addressed.
When asked for comment on the ongoing contract, Transnet noted that the locomotives were still at “prototype stage” and that CRRC “has resolved the problem successfully”.