In 2019-2020, the company invested over two billion CFA francs in the acquisition of modern equipment for its locomotive and wagon maintenance workshops in Abidjan and Bobo Dioulasso.
The acquisitions include a Demoor tower, a pit tower, a Berthiez vertical tower, three Lincoln loaders, an Alpha Laval centrifuge, a shot-blasting machine, a folding press, and a press for wheel assembly and disassembly. The company has also acquired three new travelling cranes currently being installed at the workshops.
This new equipment has already served to boost the efficiency and reliability of maintenance operations. It makes the work of rail workers less arduous and ensures the safety of rail traffic in the Côte d’Ivoire-Burkina Faso network.
Through these investments, Sitarail has reinforced its strategic role in trade between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, as rail remains one of the main goods transport modes between the two countries, with a record one million tonnes of freight in 2020.