Kazakhstan: KTZ and Stadler Sign Three Long-Term Contracts

Federal Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ) and Stadler have signed three long-term contracts, covering the supply of 537 sleeper and couchette coaches, 20 years of full-service maintenance and the purchase of a local production facility in Astana.

Totalling 2.3 billion EUR (2.45bn USD), these new contracts follow a strategic partnership agreement made in 2021.

The delivery contract is made up of 234 sleeper passenger carriages with 40 seats each, 233 couchette sleeper passenger carriages with 58 seats each, 35 18-seater passenger carriages for staff and people with limited mobility, and 35 generator passenger carriages.

Each of KTZ’s 1,520 mm gauge trains will consist of a minimum of 15 carriages. With maximum speeds of 160 kilometres an hour, they will operate day and night on electrified and nonelectrified parts of domestic and international passenger lines across Kazakhstan and CIS states.

Designed with the region in mind, they can operate within a temperature range of -50 to 45°C. Delivery of all coaches will be completed by 2030, and the contract includes an option of additional orders going forward.

The purchase of the Asana production facility, which has approximately 100 employees, has also been agreed.

This contract includes the gradual transfer of technology and the training of local personnel at other Stadler plants, as well as cooperation with local suppliers and technical universities.

Peter Spuhler, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stadler, said:

“We're looking forward to this long-term cooperation with KTZ and delivering our state-of-the-art technologies and competences to the Kazakhstan railway.

“This project will see Stadler enter a new market and expand our geographical presence in the CIS states.

“Thanks to our innovative products and expertise, we believe that we can help take public transport in Kazakhstan to the next level.”

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