Client: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

Year: 2011

SNC-Lavalin supported a KPMG-led consortium to undertake feasibility for the replacement of life-expired rolling stock in South Africa. Our consortium worked with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to make the case for the replacement of the entire Metrorail fleet and to accommodate future growth in patronage through acquisition of over 7000 vehicles over the next 20 years.

This was supported by a financing and maintenance strategy to ensure that the investment created a sustainable change in the performance rail in the country.

SNC-Lavalin Transport Advisory was able to bridge the gap between financial advisors and technology consultants, using our knowledge of both sectors to effectively bring the disciplines together in a coherent package for the client. 

Throughout the project, our team worked closely with senior government officials and their stakeholders to ensure that the proposed outcomes and value from investment passed through the project from business case to procurement. Our role included development of PRASA’s User Requirements, the Business Case for train type (EMU or DMU), and the development of a draft train specification, maintenance and cost model.

PRASA extended our involvement to market engagement with the global supply chain and SNC-Lavalin was later appointed to lead PRASA’s rolling stock procurement programme.

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