Wabtec Corporation recently announced that it completed delivery of five diesel-electric PowerHaul® series locomotives to Körfez Ulaştırma A.Ş., the subsidiary of Turkey’s largest refinery Tüpraş operating in railway transportation.
Körfez Ulaştırma is the first private operator in Turkey to make such a purchase since the government began issuing licenses to use its mainlines two years ago. The locomotives aim to provide faster and more efficient transport of products between Tüpraş refineries and related fuel terminals.
The PowerHaul series “is a top-performing mid-weight locomotive, compliant with EU Stage IIIa emissions and TSI interoperability standards. It is equipped with a technologically advanced 16-cylinder 3,700 HP PowerHaul P616 engine with common-rail fuel injection. The locomotive can achieve maximum power output, while providing an 18% reduction in fuel consumption. It also has improved reliability and tractive effort with high-performance AC traction-control technology and individual axle-control.”
The diesel electric locomotives were built by TÜLOMSAŞ, Wabtec’s strategic regional business partner, at its plant in Eskisehir, Turkey. TÜLOMSAŞ produces Wabtec’s PowerHaul locomotives for the European, Middle Eastern and North African markets. Under the partnership agreement, Wabtec provides leading technology and design, while TÜLOMSAŞ provides local manufacturing, assembly and final testing, Wabtec noted.
“We have been working to increase the speed and productivity of our logistics as we expand our operations,” said Tufan Başarır, GM for Körfez Ulaştırma A.Ş. “Now that we have five powerful new locomotives added to our fleet, we are able to move goods between Tüpraş Refineries and the fuel terminals more efficiently and better meet our customers’ needs.”
“We have a long-standing partnership with Turkey that will continue beyond the delivery of these new locomotives,” said Gökhan Bayhan, Russia/CIS/Middle East and North Africa Regional GM for Wabtec. “With the locomotives in operation, Wabtec will be providing service support and technical expertise to maximize performance throughout their lifecycle.”