GE Transportation presented the first almost completed Evolution Series locomotive for Ukrainian Railways, as part of the USD 1 billion framework agreement signed this year. This is the first of 30 locomotives that are being built this year in for Ukraine’s rolling stock fleet. The agreement also includes an option for additional locomotives, the modernisation of the existing fleet, as well as long-term maintenance services.
Production for the first 30 locomotives is taking place in the U.S., with final assembly and other work localized in Ukraine to bolster job creation and economic development in the country.
The TE33A locomotive features a 12-cylinder, 4,500-horsepower Evolution Series engine, delivering high power output, enhanced productivity, greater flexibility, lower life-cycle costs, and improved reliability in heavy-haul operations. Compared to the existing Ukrainian fleet, the TE33A can significantly reduce harmful emissions, economize on fuel and oil costs, and increase time between maintenance overhauls.
“This locomotive represents the next step in Ukraine’s long working relationship with GE. Our partnership will not only upgrade our fleet, but modernize Ukraine’s transport infrastructure and further cement our country’s position as a key transit hub between Europe and Asia and ensure Ukraine’s export potential,” Yevgen Kravtsov, Acting CEO of Ukrainian Railways said.