In the new year, Ukrzaliznytsia plans to renew its rolling stock with a new batch of TE33AC American locomotives. On December 30, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukrzaliznytsia and Wabtec (GE Transportation) signed a memorandum.
It is envisaged to conclude contracts for the supply this year of 40 diesel locomotives of this model and the provision of maintenance services for 70 such locomotives.
As the Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikli noted, the prevailing cost and delivery conditions are key issues in continuing cooperation with Wabtec.
“Now, General Electric, together with financial partners, has presented us with conditions that we consider acceptable. We are finalizing the coordination of these conditions, after which the preparation of project documentation will begin. Another important point is the expansion of localization of production in Ukraine. We are also negotiating about this, ”said Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikliy.
The reason for the slipping of the locomotive Trizub TE33AS became known
Recall that Ukrzaliznytsia has already received 30 TE33AC locomotives over the past two years. On February 23, 2018, a corresponding contract for the supply of diesel locomotives was signed between JSC Ukreximbank and General Electric and a financial leasing agreement between JSC Ukrzaliznytsia and JSC Ukreximbank.
At the first stage of cooperation with General Electric, the level of localization of railway traction in Ukraine amounted to about 10%. Krukovka Carriages Plant organized and provided retrofitting of diesel locomotives with equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s design documentation.