DB Consortium Wins Contract in Uruguay

Deutsche Bahn International Operations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG, is expanding its working relationship with Finnish forestry company UPM.

The consortium comprising Christophersen Group, Cointer Concesiones and Deutsche Bahn International Operations has won a contract from UPM to operate a 273km rail freight line in Uruguay. Deutsche Bahn International Operations is expanding its collaboration with UPM in Europe by taking a leading role as service provider in the operating company. Consortium partners Cointer Concesiones and Christophersen Group will deliver the investments in rolling stock and the maintenance depot.

Once the 273km line has been modernised, the consortium will provide rail operations, focusing on safety and environmental standards. The contract has a runtime of 25 years. It covers operations as well as the design and maintenance of special freight wagons and locomotives that fulfil up-to-date environmental regulations.

The freight rail line will transport more than 2 million tons of pulp from one of UPM’s pulp mills in central Uruguay to the capital, the port of Montevideo.

UPM is investing heavily in growth. It is building a new, modern pulp mill as well as related infrastructure developments and the rail operator contract is part of this growth project.

A consortium spokesperson said:

“Our role in the project is to bring expertise in sustainable freight transport and world-class railway technology to Uruguay, as well as to provide an impulse for the future-oriented development of rail transport in the region.”

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