Today, a con­tract between NEWAG S.A. and LOTOS Kolej for the deli­very of five four-axle GRIFFIN E4DCU-DP loco­mo­ti­ves was signed at the regi­ste­red office of LOTOS Kolej in Gdańsk.

Under the con­tract, LOTOS Kolej will lease five loco­mo­ti­ves inc­lu­ding their main­te­nance for the period of seven years with an option to extend this period. All the loco­mo­ti­ves will be deli­ve­red to LOTOS Kolej in 2017. The con­tract also con­ta­ins an option for LOTOS Kolej to obtain fur­ther elec­tric loco­mo­ti­ves manu­fac­tu­red by NEWAG at a later date.

The loco­mo­ti­ves for LOTOS Kolej are uni­ver­sal 5.6MW elec­tric loco­mo­ti­ves fully adju­sted to the Polish rail­way infra­struc­ture. The loco­mo­ti­ves will be manu­fac­tu­red based on the GRIFFIN plat­form and will be addi­tio­nally equ­ip­ped with a 350 kW DUAL POWER die­sel com­mu­ter module.

“We are very satis­fied with the fact that LOTOS Kolej have again pla­ced their con­fi­dence in our com­pany by deci­ding to inc­lude in their fleet the next type of loco­mo­ti­ves manu­fac­tu­red by NEWAG S.A. It is also the first order for four-axle loco­mo­ti­ves from the GRIFFIN family. We are convin­ced that, as it hap­pe­ned in the case of DRAGON, also these loco­mo­ti­ves, thanks to the highest possi­ble trac­tive para­me­ters ava­ila­ble to four-axle loco­mo­ti­ves, high ava­ila­bi­lity rate and com­pe­ti­tive costs of obta­ining and main­te­nance will signi­fi­can­tly con­tri­bute to impro­ving LOTOS Kolej’s ope­ra­tio­nal effi­ciency,” said Bar­tosz Krze­miń­ski, Deputy Pre­si­dent of NEWAG S.A.

“LOTOS Kolej is the most modern Polish rail­way car­rier which is not slo­wing down its momen­tum,” empha­si­sed Hen­ryk Gruca, Pre­si­dent of LOTOS Kolej. “Thanks to the GRIFFIN loco­mo­ti­ves we will be able to incre­ase the effi­ciency of rail trans­port to the bene­fit of our pre­sent and future clients. Before making the final deci­sion, LOTOS Kolej tested Grif­fin E4MSU loco­mo­tive for seve­ral mon­ths. Posi­tive results of these tests have con­tri­bu­ted to the con­tract conc­lu­ded today.”

“The deve­lop­ment of four-axle GRIFFIN loco­mo­ti­ves as one of the two key loco­mo­tive plat­forms in NEWAG’s pro­duct port­fo­lio is one of the company’s prio­ri­ties in the nearest future. In early 2015, GRIFFIN E4MSU, as the first Polish loco­mo­tive, rece­ived cer­ti­fi­ca­tes of com­pliance with the Tech­ni­cal Spe­ci­fi­ca­tions for Inte­ro­pe­ra­bi­lity (TSI). Thanks to the con­tract signed today, as soon as in 2017, NEWAG S.A. as the first manu­fac­tu­rer in Europe, will be repre­sen­ted by two cutting-edge elec­tric loco­mo­ti­ves in serial pro­duc­tion ope­ra­ting on rail­ro­ads, equ­ip­ped with die­sel com­mu­ter modu­les which will signi­fi­can­tly improve ope­ra­tio­nal fle­xi­bi­lity of rail ope­ra­tors and thus their com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness,” said Maciej Duczyń­ski, Deputy Pre­si­dent of NEWAG S.A.

It is worth men­tio­ning that since early 2014, LOTOS Kolej has been ope­ra­ting other elec­tric loco­mo­ti­ves manu­fac­tu­red by NEWAG S.A. These are six-axle DRAGON E6ACT loco­mo­ti­ves dedi­ca­ted to pul­ling heavy fre­ight tra­ins. The ave­rage relia­bi­lity rate of these loco­mo­ti­ves, achie­ved after they cove­red the distance of nearly 2 mil­lion kilo­me­tres, has reached 99.5%.