Knorr-Bremse will maintain locomotives in Kazakhstan

German technology company Knorr-Bremse will provide corrective and preventive maintenance of 495 locomotive sections in Kazakhstan. It will also supply replacement parts for all braking system components. Knorr-Bremse will deliver these services until 2051.

Knorr-Bremse’s RailServices unit will maintain the brake systems of up to 200 double-section freight locomotives and 95 passenger electric locomotives operated by Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan Railways, KTZ). A corresponding agreement has been signed on Thursday, 5th December, between Knorr-Bremse Russia and Alstom Kazakhstan in Berlin on occasion of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s visit to the German capital. It is the first long-term joint project of both parties to be performed in Kazakhstan. Earlier, the German company had only a replacement part supply contract with Alstom for Kazakh passenger locomotives, signed in 2014.

The document provides a wide range of maintenance services that could be divided into three areas: corrective and preventive maintenance as well as the supply of the components. Within the corrective maintenance, Knorr-Bremse will perform unscheduled repairs of defective components. At the same time, preventive maintenance includes scheduled overhauls to ensure optimum fleet availability. The supply activity comprises delivering compressors, air dryers, brake control, distributor valves and bogie equipment.

Alstom in Kazakhstan

Alstom is producing the electric locomotives for Kazakhstan Temir Zholy at the local facility known as Electrovoz kurastyru zauyty (EKZ). It was launched in 2012 as a joint venture with KTZ and Transmashholding from Russia. In the following years, Alstom has increased its stake up to 75 per cent. The remainder is still under control of Transmashholding.

As of today, KTZ has a fleet of 70 Alstom-made locomotives: 50 freight units (type Prima T8 ‘KZ8A’) and 20 passenger units (type Prima M4 ‘KZ4AT’). The freight vehicles were produced by EKZ, the passenger vehicles were assembled at French facilities. This year Alstom has launched the production of passenger electric locomotives of the type Prima M4 ‘KZ4AT’ in Kazakhstan.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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