Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister Tileuberdi Mukhtar Beskenuly and Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO of Alstom signed on December 1, 2022, an agreement to jointly develop projects related to the expansion of rolling stock production and service centres in Kazakhstan.
The agreement was signed as part of the official visit of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to France.
The agreement outlines areas of cooperation related to production of electric locomotives, components, transfer of technology, and maintenance capability. This includes an investment of at least EUR 50 million by Alstom into new bogie and electrical cabinet workshops, service centres and maintenance depots.
Alstom is committed to having a long-term partnership with Kazakhstan and has increased the level of local content in its locomotives from 4% to 31% because of a EUR 126 million investment to establish the existing manufacturing capability. With this agreement, Alstom commits to growing that capability further and aims to reach 39% local content by 2025.
Another agreement was signed by Alstom with Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) covering the renewal of KTZ’s locomotive fleet and maintenance support, which includes the next generation locomotive KZ8A(NG).
The agreement was signed by Andrew DeLeone, President of Alstom in Africa, Middle East and Central Asia and Nurlan Sauranbayev, CEO of KTZ, during the visit of the president of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart to France.
To date, 90 freight and 39 passenger locomotives are in commercial operation with 160 freight and 80 passenger locomotives to be produced and delivered for KTZ. Both parties agreed to join efforts to grow capacity and rail know-how within the supplier base in the country to increase localisation rates. Over the last 12 years, Alstom has developed a strong supplier base with over 340 local partners and plans to expand this base further and increase localisation rates.
Alstom and KTZ agreed to diversify their partnership and create an interlocking centre of excellence in Kazakhstan with the goal of establishing EBI Lock 950 product expertise in the country. Alstom is taking a considerable step towards the rail of tomorrow and is a vital player in the framework of sustainable development. Additionally, Alstom will work with KTZ on implementing low emission rail technologies with a focus on hydrogen and battery trains to reduce transport related emissions in the country.