* China's CSR and CNR also contract winners
* Train contract worth 50 bln rand in total
JOHANNESBURG, March 17 South Africa's
state-owned logistics company on Monday awarded General Electric
, Bombardier and two Chinese firms a contract to
supply over 1,000 trains, as part of a $28 billion expansion
South Africa's Transnet is in the midst of a
seven-year plan to expand the railways, ports and pipelines that
move commodities for export from Africa's top economy by 2019.
Transnet Chief Executive Brian Molefe told a media briefing
the contract would also go to China's top two train makers, CSR
Corp and China CNR Corp.
The contract was worth 50 billion rand ($4.7 billion) in
total for the supply of 599 electric trains and 465 diesel
trains, Transnet said.
Commenting on why the contract was split among four
companies, Molefe said "no single supplier would have the
capacity or resources to deliver within the timelines
The trains will mainly be used for transportation of general
cargo. Delivery of the first locomotives was expected in 15
months and the last batch three years later.
Transnet also moves coal and iron ore and other commodities
to the country's ports and operates the country's main refined