As part of its activities in foreign markets, NEWAG S.A., together with Skinest Ukraine and Daugavpils — Rolling Stock Repair Plant (Latvia), is continuing its efforts aiming at modernising Ukrainian Type M62 diesel locomotives.
Today NEWAG S.A. and Skinest Ukraine signed a framework agreement concerning cooperation in modernising diesel locomotives during an international forum “Polish Business Day” held in Kiev. The forum was organised under the auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine with the support from the Department of Trade and Investment Promotion of the Polish Embassy as well as from the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
For the purpose of this project and to cater to the contracting authority’s specific needs NEWAG S.A. has designed a brand-new locomotive.
The locomotives designed by the Company’s Design Team will feature modern technical solutions based on long-term experience gained in the projects NEWAG has completed so far. These solutions will contribute to increasing the locomotive’s reliability rate and reducing its fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. A brand-new modular locomotive body will be used. The locomotive’s power will be boosted thanks to the implementation of a modern power-generating unit (comprising a motor and a generator) and a modern control and diagnostic system will ensure optimum operating conditions for the locomotive’s systems. Functional solutions implemented in the driver’s cab such as ergonomic control panels and additional amenities will provide enhanced driver’s work comfort. The locomotive, just like other rolling stock manufactured by NEWAG, will be characterised by high standard design solutions.
“The design and technology works have practically been completed,” informed Zbigniew Konieczek, NEWAG’ CEO. “Ukraine may receive several dozen modernised diesel locomotives as early as next year.”
The project is to be financed with the support of Polish export support funds and with participation of commercial banks.
Unmodernised, braking down diesel locomotives pose a big problem for Ukraine. Nearly 80% of goods in Ukraine are transported by rail and the rolling stock wear rate has reached 80%. Experts estimate the Ukrainian market present needs at 150 – 200 locomotives.
NEWAG S.A. has a long-term experience in modernising diesel locomotives. It has held a leader position in this market for two years. The Company also has the technology to modernise broad gauge locomotives which it has already successfully implemented while modernising broad gauge locomotives for PKP LHS and KOLPREM.
Skinest Ukraine, which will cooperate with Newag, is part of Skinest Rail — an international concern which offers comprehensive solutions for the rail market. It has an extensive experience in rolling stock traction and freight forwarding.