Monday, April 12, 2010

For Kazakhstan, 150 new GE switching locomotives

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GE Transportation announced Sunday that it is signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Kazakhstan’s Joint Stock Company Locomotiv (JSC Locomotiv) and Joint Stock Company Kurastyru Zauty (JSC LKZ) for the supply of 150 switcher locomotives.

GE called it “the next milestone in a long-term commitment to develop the railway infrastructure in the Republic of Kazakhstan.”

The new a.c. traction locomotives will be suitable for use in the Republic of Kazakhstan and across the CIS region using a track gauge of 1,520 mm.

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The first five locomotives are to be built at GE Transportation’s Erie, Pa, plant. After the prototypes are successfully tested, the remainder of the order is to be assembled at Joint Stock Company Kurastyru Zauty’s plant in Astana, Kazakhstan, with kits from GE Transportation. Locomotive delivery is is to be completed in 2012.

“The ongoing cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and GE demonstrates that a solid strategic partnership can help fuel both short-term infrastructure improvements as well as long-term economic growth,” said Askar Mamin, president of Kazakhstan’s state-run railroad Kazakhstan Temir Zholy. “Today’s announcement continues to enable Kazakhstan’s critical rail infrastructure to remain modern and efficient in the future. I look forward to continuing the relationship with GE as it helps the Republic of Kazakhstan develop a world-class rail system.”