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Morocco 2020/21 | INDUSTRY | INTERVIEW

A leading global innovative player for a sustainable and smart mobility, Alstom has contributed to several emblematic railway projects in Morocco.

Nourddine Rhalmi

What were Alstom's main operations and achievements in 2019?
In 2019, we were proud to take part in the entry into commercial service of two major railway projects. The first was the inauguration of the iconic high-speed train line linking Casablanca to Tangiers. We have been working on this project for years, and we are proud of the high quality of this project, conducted together with our customer the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF). In January 2019, Casablanca also celebrated the entry of the city's second tramway line into commercial service. In the frame of this project, we were in charge of delivering the rolling stock, testing, and commissioning.

What did Alstom provide for the high-speed train project?
In 2010, ONCF selected Alstom to supply up to 12 Avelia Euroduplex. Avelia Euroduplex is a service-proven train that integrates all the latest developments in terms of connectivity, accessibility, and safety. After the shipment of the 12 trains, we have been in charge of train testing and commissioning.

What are your main domestic operations currently?
Present in Morocco since nearly a century, Alstom has contributed to several emblematic railway projects here. In the field of urban mobility, Alstom delivered the first Citadis trams to the cities of Rabat and Casablanca. In the field of mainline, Alstom supplied 20 Alstom Prima II electrical locomotives in 2011, and it successfully delivered the first of 30 Prima M4 Electrical to ONCF in 2019. In the field of maintenance, Alstom has been ensuring the maintenance of 47 ONCF locomotives since 2015. Alstom also has an industrial plant in Fes called Alstom Cabliance. In this site, we produce cable bundles and electrical switch boxes for rail applications that are supplied to our rolling stock plants and mounted on trains exported around the world.

What innovative efforts are being made in Morocco?
Alstom is a leading global innovative player for a sustainable and smart mobility. In this regard, we are developing an innovation ecosystem around our activities with the aim of nurturing and growing new green technologies in our solutions. In Morocco, we have always been committed to delivering our most innovative solutions based on our customers' expectations and requests. In addition, our industrial site in Fes was certified ISO 14001 in early 2019.

When will zero-emission trains arrive in Morocco?
Alstom is not leading or initiating the orders but is committed to providing best-in-class mobility solutions to its customer.

What is Alstom's goal in Morocco for in 2020?
In Morocco, there have been a few projects announced that we are considering as main opportunities in 2020: EMU, Signaling, Casa 3, and four tramway lines. With its local railway expertise—98% local staffed, with a few experts coming from France—and a full range of proven and competitive transport solutions, Alstom aspires to continue its partnership and contribute to railway
development in Morocco.

What CSR activities are you pursuing in different areas of Morocco?
We have signed a partnership with the Mohammed VI Foundation for the environment within the framework of the COP22 that took place in Marrakesh in 2016. This partnership concerned the promotion of environmental awareness sessions at public primary schools in Tangier and a school in the neighborhood of Fes. Around 3,000 students were reached. Recently, we launched a new CSR project in Fes around entrepreneurship. Participants will learn how to formulate a commercial idea and business plan and develop their idea up to realization.