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New Generation Ammonia Tank Cars for Russia

PJSC Research and production corporation “United Wagon Company“, the market leader in innovative railcar building in the 1520 mm gauge area, and PJSC “KuibyshevAzot“, one of the leading enterprises of the Russian chemical industry, signed an agreement for the supply of 100 ammonia tank cars, set on bogie with increased axle load.

Ammonia Tank Cars
UWC Tank Car for Ammonia © United Wagon Company

The tank cars will be involved in the transportation of ammonia, which KuibyshevAzot will be producing in the new capacities, to be commissioned in 2017. Shipment of the first batch of tank cars has already took place; it is planned to deliver the entire quantity of tank cars until the end of the 1st quarter of 2017.

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Andrey Bylinin, Commercial Director at KuibyshevAzot, gave his comment:

“Technical re-equipment of our transport direction allows us to develop products supplies, which efficient system is as important as high production volumes. That was the very reason why new generation freight cars gained our interest. Increasing the quality of products and the reliability of their supply, we take care of our customers.”

Ammonia Tank Cars

The tank car model 15-6926 is the product manufactured by CJSC “TikhvinChemMash” which is part of RPC “United Wagon Company”. The tank car is characterised by increased up to 60.2 tons of payload capacity and tank car tank volume increased up to 92.7 m3, which makes it feasible to additionally load 9 tons into it compared to standard counterparts (with tank car tank volume of 76 m3), i.e. to reduce by 18% the required fleet.

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The tank car is complete with shadow protection, which provides for ammonia transportation with below -25C filling temperature. It also has bogie with an increased axle load, which allows to increase up to 8 years (or 800 thousand km) warranty periods of between-repairs runs. The tank car service life is 40 years.

United Wagon Company and KuibyshevAzot have been in a mutually beneficial cooperation since 2014, when UWC began to transfer hopper cars of model 19-9870 for mineral fertilisers. Today 200 mineral freight cars with increased loading capacity are engaged to KuibyshevAzot for transportation of freights. Positive experience of tank cars operational use and economic benefits, which are revealed during these cars operation, influenced KuibyshevAzot to make a decision on purchase of a batch of tank cars for ammonia.

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Original article © UWC.

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