Alstom will Supply Electric Locomotives to Kazakh Railway Company
EKZ, a joint venture of Alstom, Transmashholding and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, is to supply 295 electric locomotives to the Kazakh railway company.
The €1.3bn ($1.8bn) order is for a total of 200 KZ8A double freight and 95 KZ4A passenger locomotive models, which will incorporate technologies developed by Alstom and Transmashholding.
Alstom’s share is about €800m ($1.1bn) and the contract will take effect on 11 March 2011. Alstom’s Belfort plant will deliver the first freight locomotives in 2012, and the first passenger locomotives will be delivered in 2014.
The freight locomotives will have a speed of 120 km/h, and will reduce the journey time between Almaty and Astana by three hours.