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4/13/2007



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GE to deliver four remanufactured locomotives to Jordan's Aqaba Railway



GE – Transportation recently shipped four remanufactured GE C24 MMI locomotives to Jordan’s Aqaba Railway Corp. (ARC), which will use the power to move phosphate rock from mines to Aqaba’s port.

Modernized at GE’s Contagem, Brazil, plant, the 2,400-horsepower, C Series locomotives feature 12-cylinder engines and Brightstar, the locomotive builder’s digital microprocessor system designed to control and monitor all critical systems, including temperature, fuel, water and horsepower. Expected to arrive in Jordan by late April, the locomotives will improve troubleshooting, reduce maintenance, minimize road failures and boost locomotive productivity by 25 percent, GE officials said in a prepared statement.

“In 2006, Aqaba Railway transported 2.7 million tons of phosphate to its global customers,” said ARC Director General Eng. Hussain Krishan. “With the purchase of these new GE locomotives, we expect our production to increase by 0.7 million tons per year.”

GE employs 400 people at the Contagem plant, which has produced locomotives for more than 40 years.


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