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Ukraine signs framework agreement to supply 130 electric locomotives

Ukraine signs framework agreement to supply 130 electric locomotives
photo: https://ady.az/en/news/read/1108/43/Alstom´s locomotive
18 / 05 / 2021

Alstom is one step closer to delivering up to 130 electric freight locomotives for the national railway company Ukrzaliznytsia. One of the four framework agreements signed by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and French Minister of Economy, Finance and Reconstruction Bruno Le Maire in Kiev on May 13 opens the way for the implementation of the first part of this delivery.

Ukrzaliznytsia said Alstom plans to offer its Prima T8 locomotive design, which has a top speed of 120 km/h and is capable of delivering up to 9,000 tons. Alstom has previously delivered 1,520 mm Prima T8 locomotives to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The Alstom Prima T8 AZ8A is a two-piece heavy duty locomotive with an ALTERNATING voltage of 25 kV and was also delivered for Azerbaijan.

An order for 130 locomotives could be worth up to €900 million. This agreement mentions the condition of 35% of local production ,'which is fully in line with our strategy for developing national production', emphasized Shmyhal. The agreement also includes the establishment of a service facility on the territory of Ukraine and other activities by local labour, which will ensure a long-term improvement of the situation in the region and greater flexibility in operation.

Ukrzaliznytsia welcomed the signing of the agreement explaining that it needs to acquire at least 50 electric freight locomotives by 2025 and another 265 by 2033. The railway said that the agreement with France confirmed the government's efforts to support its fleet renewal project, adding that this was a clear signal that decisive steps had been taken to meet its urgent needs, develop the country's economic potential and strengthen its position in the transit market . "Thousands of railway workers welcome the government's decision to sign the framework agreement," said Ivan Yuryk, the union's acting president.

Le Maire explained during the signing that France sees significant economic opportunities in its relations with Ukraine. The other three agreements signed by the governments concerned equipment for fire rescue services and improving the quality of water supplies in Luhansk and Kiev.

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