Alstom released the first made-in-Kazakhstan passenger locomotive, the Prima M4 KZ4AT passenger locomotive, after 20 Prima KZ4AT locomotives were assembled in France between 2014 and 2016.
The new passenger electric locomotive has been successfully commissioned to Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) and will be able to run at a speed of 200 km/h.
“This new product is a result of an additional transfer of technology completed thanks to the support of our European manufacturing sites. The state of the art quality of the product also demonstrates the strong capacities acquired in our EKZ plant, located in Nur-Sultan, which is definitely positioned as a key player of the railway industry, here in Kazakhstan”, Guillaume Tritter, Alstom Managing Director for Western and Central Asia said.
The delivery KZ4AT passenger locomotive fleet is part of the execution of the contract with KTZ for supply and maintenance of 302 Prima T8 KZ8A freight and 119 Prima M4 KZ4AT passenger locomotives to KTZ since its signature in 2010.
This multi-purpose locomotive is based on the Alstom Prima modular platform designed to provide operators with the most suitable solutions for passenger services. It is one of the most versatile, in terms of applications, electric locomotives in the world.
This locomotive has been designed to successfully operate in extreme weather conditions from, 50C to +50C. Developed on the basis of KTZ technical requirements and in compliance with GOST standards (CIS standards) and specifications, the locomotive has a cutting edge traction system based on Alstom’s technology and components produced by Alstom.
In Western and Central Asia, Alstom has more than 1,000 employees, three country offices in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, five depots, repair center and two plants, EKZ in Nur-Sultan for electric locomotives manufacturing and maintenance and production of on-board transformers, and KEP in Almaty to produce point machines.
EKZ, a joint venture of Alstom, employs around 850 people and is working on supplying and maintaining the Prima electric locomotives ordered by Kazakhstan’s national railway company and export markets, like Azerbaijan that received in June seven Prima T8 freight locomotives.