Alstom delivers 37 freight locomotives to Azerbaijan (PHOTO)

Economy Materials 9 February 2022 08:07 (UTC +04:00)
Alstom delivers 37 freight locomotives to Azerbaijan (PHOTO)

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan, Feb. 9

By Sadraddin Aghjayev - Trend:

Alstom has successfully delivered 37 freight locomotives to Azerbaijan, Trend reports on Wednesday from the solemn delivery ceremony of Prima T8 AZ8A freight locomotives under a contract with Azerbaijan Railways, which is underway in Nur-Sultan.

The dispatch of the 39th and 40th locomotives to Baku is scheduled for February 14, 2022. The 38th freight locomotive is currently being transported to Baku.

In 2014, ADY (Azerbaijan Railways) awarded a contract to EKZ, Alstom’s joint venture with Russia's Transmashholding (TMH), for a total 50 electric locomotives, including 40 Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotives and 10 Prima M4 AZ4A passenger locomotives.

The Prima T8 AZ8A is based on the KZ8A locomotives currently in service in Kazakhstan and ADY’s specific technical requirements and is compliant with GOST standards and specifications.

Alstom’s Prima T8 is one of the most powerful electric locomotives in the world. This model is a 25 tons per axle two-section freight locomotive capable of towing up to 9,000 tons and running at 120 km/h, with installed continuous power of 8.8 Megawatts. The AZ8A is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 50°C. It requires minimum maintenance and provides high reliability levels and low lifecycle costs thanks to its modular design.

Alstom’s Prima range is covering all market segments of locomotives from heavy-haul, freight and passenger operation and shunting or trackwork operation. Over the past 20 years, more than 3,200 Prima locomotives (more than 4,600 sections) have been sold worldwide.

Alstom is present in Western & Central Asia with more than 850 people, three country offices, four depots, repair center and two plants, EKZ in Nur-Sultan for electric locomotives manufacturing and maintenance and production of on-board transformers, and KEP in Almaty to produce point machines. Alstom is a major contributor to the revitalization of country’s mobility industry and the development of its economy.