Alstom’s Chinese businesses BTRE (Bombardier Transportation Railway Equipment Qingdao Co., Ltd) will deliver CRRC Tangshan the bogie technology and support for 200 MD523 bogies that will be used by rail vehicles on the Padma Bridge project in Bangladesh.
Under the contract, Alstom will supply bogie kits, licensing, technical support, and related service for 200 MD523 broad gauge bogies that will be operated by Bangladesh Railway.
The contract outlines a pilot project awarded by the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Tangshan and is valued at around EUR 8.5 million.
Currently nearing completion, the Padma Multipurpose Bridge is a USD 3 billion project comprising the construction of a road and rail bridge across the Padma River in western Bangladesh. Once complete, the 6-km bridge will be the country’s longest and connect Louhajong, Munshiganj to Shariatpur and Madaripur, linking the south-west of the country, to northern and eastern regions. The resulting commerce is expected to increase Bangladesh’s gross domestic product by 1.2%.
“We are very honoured to be awarded the pilot bogie kits project by CRRC Tangshan. This contract is recognition of our expertise in delivering key rail components for use in a wide range of applications,” Jianwei Zhang, President of Alstom China, said.
This is not Alstom’s first contract to provide bogie technology for Bangladesh Railways. The MD523 broad gauge bogie is a proven platform and this contract, the second of its kind in six months, illustrates company’s excellence in providing key rail components to customers across the globe.
With two successful MD523 projects already won, Alstom is looking forward to deepening its third-party bogie business with customers like CRRC Tangshan. This pilot project with CRRC Tangshan is scheduled to be carried out between November 2021 and June 2022.
It will be supported by Alstom’s bogie team in Siegen, Germany, who will provide the engineering work and material supply. The projects also set up our organisation to contribute to similar bids in the coming years while also opening the door to enlarging its cooperation with CRRC Tangshan.