The order includes 64 locomotives, 336 passenger coaches and associated traction equipment.
The other partners in the project are Hyundai of Korea and Union Carriage & Wagon of South Africa. GEC Alsthom, a 50/50 joint venture between Britain's GEC and Alcatel Alsthom of France, said the company had a large part of the contract.
GEC Alsthom hopes to win a separate Taiwanese high- speed train contract, potentially worth billions of dollars. The company is waiting for an invitation to tender for this project.
Last year GEC Alsthom won a dollars 2.4bn order from the Korea High Speed Rail Construction Authority to supply trains and equipment based on France's TGV trains.Reuse content