by Josephine Cordero Sapién
23 Jul 2021
The French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has released its first passenger locomotive fully assembled in Kazakhstan.
Between 2014 and 2016 20 Prima KZ4AT passenger locomotives for Kazakhstan were assembled in France. Now, the first Prima M4 KZ4AT, unit number 0021, has been fully assembled in Kazakhstan and commissioned to Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ).
“Today is a very important day, a date to be remembered! We are very honoured to present and commission the very first made-in-Kazakhstan passenger electric locomotive. Thanks to our strong partnership with KTZ and our ambitious localisation plan, this tailor-made locomotive will run across the country at speeds up to 200km/h. This new product is a result of an additional transfer of technology completed thanks to the support of our European manufacturing sites. The state of the art quality of the product also demonstrates the strong capacities acquired in our EKZ plant, located in Nur-Sultan, which is definitely positioned as a key player of the railway industry, here in Kazakhstan.”
The KZ4AT passenger locomotives were ordered by KTZ in 2010. The contract was for the supply and maintenance of 302 Prima T8 KZ8A freight locomotives and 119 Prima M4 KZ4AT passenger locomotives.
This electric passenger locomotive can run at 200km/h and can operate in climatic conditions ranging from -50 to +50 degrees. The locomotives are also compliant with GOST standards and specifications.
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