By 2023, Zenata’s maintenance platform will take over the industrial maintenance of all ONCF rolling stock, excluding TGV.
The National Railways Office is launching the implementation of its investment program in infrastructure dedicated to railway maintenance. He is working on carrying out social and environmental impact studies for a large rolling stock maintenance platform in Zenata. This is the first operation of this program which also provides for the upgrading of the centers of Casablanca and Meknes.
The National Railways Office (ONCF) is preparing to initiate the environmental impact studies phase of its giant railway maintenance workshop project. Located in Zenata, between Casablanca and Mohammedia, the future platform will house 4 specialized workshops: in the maintenance of locomotives, wagons, multiple units and axles and bogies. According to the office, the planned workshop is a national reference in the railway industry, alongside the maintenance center of the Tangier LGV. Likewise, the Zenata workshop is the first step in drawing up a master plan for the development of railway maintenance centres.
“Zenata’s maintenance platform represents a unique opportunity that stands out both for its geographical location overlooking the tracks of ONCF stations and for the functions of great importance that it is called upon to take charge”, underlines the national rail specialist. Indeed, by its location, the Zenata site ensures physical continuity between the metropolis and Mohammedia. “The hectares offered by the land base planned for the construction of the new workshop allow a large-scale project capable of contributing significantly to a repositioning of Greater Casablanca both nationally and in terms of its industrial influence. “, explains the ONCF. It should be recalled that the Office had requested the French Development Agency (AFD) to finance an ambitious investment program in its 2021-2025 strategy. This provides for an increase in the modal share of rail passenger transport and the development of freight activity.
Through its investment program, the rail specialist intends to contribute to improving the performance, quality and accessibility of passenger and freight transport. The workshop project therefore constitutes a first operation which has been identified within the framework of this program and also provides for the upgrading of two industrial workshops already in operation in Meknes and Casablanca. These are ultimately intended to be closed. “ONCF invests modestly in the existing workshops due to the degraded state of the buildings and the dilapidated state of the industrial installations which are essential to maintaining their activity until the entry into service of the Zenata workshop, as well than the risk to the health and safety of employees”, says the Office.
By 2023, the Zenata platform will take over the industrial maintenance of all ONCF rolling stock, excluding TGV. With this in mind, indicates the Office, optimizing the maintenance of rolling stock is a key element for the attractiveness of the rail network. More generally, this project could have positive impacts on economic growth and employment, the climate and gender. It will be implemented through the Equipment division of ONCF, the end user of the workshops, itself made up of three departments: Production and Customer, Project Engineering and Industrial Excellence and Transformation Program.