During an official visit of Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of Economy and Finance to the electric locomotives plant EKZ, in Nur-Sultan, Alstom and Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) signed a MoU for the development of digital technologies for the railway signalling in Kazakhstan.
“KTZ is actively implementing digital programmes. Modernisation of railways infrastructure is one of the priorities for the development of the country’s transport industry. We are confident that in partnership with Alstom, a world leader, we will launch new technologies, particularly deployment of modern signalling systems in shorter terms and at a qualitatively high level”, said Sauat Mynbayev, CEO of KTZ.
The MoU covers the development of digital technologies for railway signalling and interlocking for the implementation of the adapted technical solutions during the modernization of the interlocking system of the largest railway stations in Kazakhstan.
At the event, the 8th AZ8 locomotive for Azerbaidjan was inaugurated. In December 2018, Alstom delivered the first of the 40 Prima T8 AZ8A freight locomotives operated by Azerbaijan Railways. The locomotive is produced at EKZ plant in Kazakhstan.
Alstom is present in Kazakhstan with around 730 people, depot, repair center and two facilities, EKZ in Nur-Sultan for locomotives manufacturing and maintenance and production of on-board transformers, and KEP in Almaty for the production of point machines. Alstom is a major contributor to the revitalization of country’s mobility industry and the development of its economy.