22 November 2013, Lagos – The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC)’s effort to rid the roads of tankers and other heavy duty vehicles has gotten a boost, as the corporation took delivery of 20 more pressurised tank wagons for the haulage of petroleum products across the country.
With the acquisition, the corporation has 40 tank wagons as it had earlier acquired 20. This is in addition to locomotive engines and telescopic cranes, which it said would help in its drive to reduce the burden on the roads.
The procurement is in line with its campaign to run what it called “speedy and consistent rail and telecommunications facilities rehabilitation project” across the country.
At the ENL Terminal, at the Apapa Port, Lagos, where the tank wagons were inaugurated, the Managing Director of NRC, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, noted that with the additional tankers specially manufactured by China Railway Shanhaiguan Bridge Group and Westgate Project Limited for NRC, the event signified another achievement in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The procurement contract for the tank wagons, he stated, comprised the manufacture and delivery of the tank wagons together with spare parts, and one-year worth of consumables. Sijuwade disclosed that testing and inauguration of the equipment and training of NRC engineers in utilisation and maintenance cost N650 million, with contract duration of 10 months, adding: “I am glad to report that they have been delivered within the stipulated time and contract sum.
“These tank wagons were procured by NRC primarily to enhance the movement of petroleum products across the country by rail. They were specifically designed and manufactured for our existing narrow gauge rail system the advanced technologies and serviceable parts and materials used in domestic railway wagons,” he added.
THISDAY learnt that each wagon has a loading capacity of 40 tonnes; axle load of 16.5 tonnes; tare weight of 22 tonnes and a total volume of 45m3, which is equivalent of a capacity of 45,000 litres totalling 900,000 litres of 20 tank wagons; all to be moved by on locomotive to different parts of the country.
“Compared to the oil tankers we see on the road, with a capacity of 33,000 litres movement of a train of 20 tank wagons will invariable result in about 30 road tankers taken off our roads; hence the positive impact on road safety,” he said.
– This Day