Alstom successfully ships last electric freight locomotive to Azerbaijan; One of the most powerful electric locomotives in the world, contributing to regional rail interconnection

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Alstom celebrates the delivery of the 40th Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotive under the contract with Azerbaijan Railways (ADY) today.

“Final delivery is a milestone that we always celebrate. The dispatch of locomotives for Azerbaijan is particularly important 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 capacity within Azerbaijan, and, moreover, they contribute to the ambitious objectives of increasing the transit potential of the Trans-Caspian Rail Corridor. We continue to develop our close partnership with Azerbaijan Railways, including the organization of the maintenance of the locomotive fleet and the implementation of railway signaling projects. said Kanat Alpysbayev, managing director of Alstom in the West and Central Asia.

In 2014, ADY signed a contract with Alstom for 288 million euros for 50 electric locomotives, including 40 Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotives produced at from Alstom JV EKZ in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan and 10 Prima M4 AZ4A passenger locomotives produced in Belfort, France and delivered to Azerbaijan. from Alstom The Prima T8 is one of the most powerful electric locomotives in the world. This model is a two-section freight locomotive of 25 tons per axle capable of towing up to 9,000 tons and traveling at 120 km/h, with an installed continuous power of 8.8 megawatts. The Prima T8 AZ8A is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 50°C. It requires minimal maintenance and offers high levels of reliability and low life cycle costs thanks to its modular design.

from Alstom The Prima range covers all segments of the locomotive market, from heavy haul, freight and passenger operations to shunting or track work operations. Over the past 20 years, over 3,200 Prima locomotives (over 4,600 sections) have been sold worldwide.

Alstom is present in the West and Central Asia with more than 1,000 people, three country offices in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistanfive depots, a repair center and two factories, EKZ in Nur-Sultan for the manufacture and maintenance of electric locomotives and the production of on-board transformers, and KEP in Almaty produce point machines. Alstom is a major contributor to the revitalization of the region’s mobility industry and the development of its economy.

EKZ, a joint venture of Alstomemploys approximately 850 people and works on the supply and maintenance of Prima electric locomotives ordered by KTZ, from Kazakhstan the national railway company and export markets, such as Azerbaijan.

Press contact – Western and Central Asia

Zaure Shubayeva

Tel: +77 018 89 33 45

(C) 2022 electronic news edition, source ENP Newswire

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