ArcelorMittal Liberia has received six new locomotives in preparation for phase two of its operations.
The new top-of-the-line General Electric trains landed at Buchanan Port from the United States on Sunday, June 8, according to a press release from the iron ore mining giant.
After assembly and testing, the new trains will join the fleet of three trains that currently travel on the rail line between Buchanan and Tokadeh Mines in Yekepa, Nimba County, bringing the total fleet to nine trains.
The release indicated that presently, trains leave both the mine and port every two and half hours.
The release said with the new additions, five trains will leave both the mine and port every two and a half hours, bringing the total to 10 trains per day.
Pulling 140 wagons per train, the new locomotives will meet the increased demands of phase two, when ArcelorMittal Liberia plans to ship 15 million tons per year compared with the 5 million tons shipping target for phase one of operations.
In anticipation of the arrival of the new trains, the company has been training Liberian locomotive drivers, increasing the number of trained Liberian operators from 16 to 34.
An additional investment in a state-of-the-art dispatch technology was made to cater to the increase in rail movement and activities, the release said.
ArcelorMittal Liberia has invested more than US$1 billion in its operations in the country to date, dividing the project into two phases.
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries and an industrial footprint in over 20 countries.