Friday, January 08, 2010

Brazilian company orders 50 GE locomotives

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GE Transportation announced Thursday it has signed an agreement with Brazil’s Cosan SA Industria & Comercio to deliver 50 new AC44i locomotives for freight transport starting this year through Rumo, Cosan’s subsidiary for logistics operations.

Cosan is a major grower and processor of sugar cane and reportedly one of the largest ethanol and sugar producers in the world. Cosan will use the new locomotives to haul sugar from its processing plants to port on the rail infrastructure provided by its partner America Latina Logistica (ALL).

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“GE welcomes Cosan as its most recent customer in South America. This order helps validate GE's investment in market-leading AC heavy-haul, diesel-electric locomotive technology and the performance value it provides,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation.

The Model AC44i locomotives are powered by diesel engines supplied by GE Transportation’s manufacturing plant in Grove City, Pa. GE says the locomotives feature GE’s unique AC individual-axle traction-control technology that enables the Model AC44i to haul heavier loads by significantly reducing slippage on start-ups, inclines, and suboptimal track conditions. Model AC44i locomotives also are equipped with dynamic braking in addition to air brakes to provide smoother handling when hauling heavier loads.

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"As we expand our logistics network the proven performance of these GE AC-technology locomotives makes them a perfect fit for our requirements,” said Julio Fontana, president of Cosan's Rumo subsidiary. "These new locomotives will contribute significantly to increase our hauling capacity and our company’s growth."

“The ModelAC44i locomotives will be built by GE Transportation South America, GE Transportation’s affiliate facility located in Contagem, Brazil. They are scheduled for delivery starting in 2010,” said Guilherme Segalla de Mello, president and CEO of GE Transportation Latin America. “GE Transportation South America has built diesel electric locomotives including AC44, Dash 9, and the C Series in Brazil since 1967, and has produced more than 1,000 locomotives that are operating in more than 15 countries around the world.”