ArcelorMittal contributes to Africa’s first High-Speed rail lineMorocco
ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products provided 46,000 tonnes of rails for the Casablanca –Tangier high-speed rail line project in Morocco. ArcelorMittal is the sole rail supplier for the first phase of the project which consists of a 200 km long section between Kenitra and Tangier.
Sole steel supplier for the Kenitra-Tangier line
ArcelorMittal is the sole steel supplier for the first phase of this project, and provided 46,000 tonnes of rails produced in ArcelorMittal España, at Veriña site. We were able to offer the customer rails that combine excellent reliability, geometrical precision, strict flatness tolerance and the highest quality on the market.
Our 60E1 R260Mn rails in 36 meters length with a lower wear than our R260 standard grade. They also fulfil all the requirements for high-speed railways:
- Durability and cost efficiency
- Minimum acoustic impact
Our rails at the welding station in Morocco
Kenitra-Tangier in 47 minutes
The line between Casablanca and Tangier is the first step in ONCF*’s project to create 1,500 kilometers of railways in Morocco. It will significantly reduce traveling time from Casablanca to Tangier (from 4 hours 45 to around 2 hours).
The 200 km track between Kenitra and Tangier will be linked to the existent rail line between Kenitra and Casablanca. With trains running at a speed of 320 km/h, it will be possible to travel from Kenitra to Tangier in only 47 minutes.
The project is expected to be completed in 2017 and the new line will be in service in 2018.
*ONCF (Office National des Chemins de Fer du Maroc)