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The Chinese train manufacturer, CNR Corporation Limited, has signed an agreement with the Ethiopian government to provide 41 engines for use on the Addis Ababa light railway now under construction, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.  The engines will be custom-made for use in Addis Ababa. “They will be able to travel at a maximum of 70 kilometers per hour and will be constructed to ensure they [are] sunlight-resistant with using special components for their glass, rubber, paint and cables.”

CNR is expected to deliver the first batch of engines by the end of this year, according to the Ministry.  The CNR Corporation Limited is one of the largest train makers in China, manufacturing a range of products, from locomotives to high-speed trains, which are widely used in the country’s railway services. The company is principally engaged in manufacturing and distribution of railway transportation equipment, building locomotives, urban rail and subway vehicles, including linear motor subway vehicles, subway vehicles and light rail vehicles as well as industrial machinery, including railway cranes, mining locomotives and others.

This deal will be the first use of Chinese light railway engines in Africa.

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