Alstom finalizes locomotive order for Azerbaijan Railways

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Alstom has delivered the fortieth and last Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotive to Azerbaijan Railways.

Alstom celebrates delivery of 40th Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotive under contract with Azerbaijan Railways

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This completes a Order of 288 million euros (330.31 USD) carried out by Azerbaijan Railways in 2014 for 40 Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotives and 10 Prima M4 AZ4A passenger locomotives.

The Prima T8 AZ8A is a 25 tonne per axle two section freight locomotive capable of hauling up to 9,000 tonnes and running at 120 kilometers per hour and is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -25°C at 50°C.

Kanat Alpysbayev, Managing Director of Alstom West and Central Asia, said:

“Final delivery is a milestone that we always celebrate. The shipment of locomotives to Azerbaijan is of particular importance to us, as this is our first export contract for Kazakhstan. Despite all the difficulties posed by the pandemic, we were able to take this step thanks to the commitment of our team.

“These locomotives play a key role in increasing freight transport capacity in Azerbaijan and, moreover, they contribute to the ambitious goals of increasing the transit potential of the Trans-Caspian Railway Corridor.

“We continue to develop our close partnership with Azerbaijan Railways, including the organization of locomotive fleet maintenance and the implementation of railway signaling projects.”

Alstom employs over 1,000 people in West and Central Asia. It has offices in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, five depots, a repair center and two factories.

EKZ in Nur-Sultan manufactures and services electric locomotives in addition to producing on-board transformers, while Almaty-based KEP produces switch machines.

EKZ, a joint venture of Alstom, employs around 850 people and works for the supply and maintenance of Prima electric locomotives ordered by KTZ, Kazakhstan’s national railway company and export markets, such as Azerbaijan.

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