Research and production corporation United Wagon Company and Skinest Rail, an Estonian company, have signed a contract for the supply of liquefied petroleum gas tank cars.
A batch of 23 freight cars is scheduled to be delivered to Skinest Rail in June this year.
The new wagons will operate on the railway network of the Baltic states.
“The UWC Group is systematically developing its export activities. The 1520 space outside Russia is of interest to us, and we are expanding the deliveries of new generation railcars of various types that have already proven themselves in the domestic market. Cooperation with such a reputable company as Skinest Rail is another step forward in the implementation of our export programme and an opportunity to show other market players the advantages of freight cars, particularly LPG tank cars, manufactured in Tikhvin,” Andrey Krivchenkov, Executive Director at TH UWC said.
The key advantage of the petroleum gas tank cars is that they use innovative 18-9855 bogies having an increased maintenance interval of up to 1 million km or 8 years. For comparison, a typical tank car mounted on 18-100 or similar bogies is sent for its first depot maintenance upon completing 210 thousand km or 3 years, with the subsequent scheduled maintenance to be carried out after 110-160 thousand km or 3 years. This allows cutting down the cost of the freight car life cycle by almost 3 times. The service life of the 15-6855 tank car is 40 years.
Skinest Rail will be the first CIS operator of the 15-6855 tank cars. This tank car has an increased tank volume of 86.7 m3 and is equipped with 25 – tonne axle load bogies.
This freight car features an increased boiler space compared to existing analogues in operation, which makes it possible to carry the loads with higher weights.
The petroleum gas tank cars are designed by All-Union Research and Development Centre for Transport Technology, LLC and manufactured by TikhvinChemMash.