Kazakhstan launches electric locomotive plant

KTZh, Alstom and Transmashholding opened new electric locomotive plant in Astana. The president of the country Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the opening ceremony, BNews.kz correspondent reports.

Within plant opening the President of Kazakhstan was presented the first cargo electric locomotive KZ8A of a domestic production.

Electric locomotives satisfy need of railway recarts for locomotive draft, powerful and environmentally friendly at the same time. Besides the high efficiency, the new car completely meets requirements of “green” economy, giving a minimum of an environmental pressure at operation. Today it is the most powerful locomotive in the world, capable to pull to 9 thousand tons that is actual taking into account character of mass freights transported in Kazakhstan: coal, oil products, etc. The electric locomotive can work under extreme weather conditions at temperatures from -50 to +50 degrees. The locomotive provides to the driver comfort at long distances for couples of the big cabin equipped with a microwave with furnace, refrigerator, floor heating, a convenient seat with heating and supports for feet.

The locomotive is now certified in Russia, in January, 2013 dynamic tests will begin in Kazakhstan.

“Electrovoz kurastyru zuyty” can produce 50 two-section electric locomotives a year. The new line of locomotives is specially designed by the Alstom Transport company (France) for the Kazakhstan, CIS and Baltic countries markets.

The plant was constructed thanks to the investments of 3 companies worth more than 11,2 billion tenge and copes joint venture where KTZh, TMH and Alstom own 50%, 25% and 25% of shares respectively.

The total area of production rooms makes 27,522 square meters. According to the plan production will begin in January, 2013 and by 2016 will reach peak of locomotives release volume.

At the first stage the plant will execute the order of KTZh on 200 cargo and 95 passenger electric locomotives worth 1,3 billion Euro. Ultimate goal of partners is the expansion of geography and an entry into the markets of neighboring countries.

Source : Bnews

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