Knorr-Bremse Russia and Alstom Kazakhstan signed a 25-year service agreement to maintain the brake systems of up to 200 double-section freight locomotives and 95 passenger locomotives operated by KTZ. The services will cover up to 495 mainline locomotive sections, the eldest of which entered service in 2013.
Under the agreement, which will run until 2051, Knorr-Bremse is to provide corrective and preventive maintenance as well as supplying replacement parts for all braking system components. This includes air supply units such as compressors and air dryers, as well as brake control, distributor valves and bogie equipment.
The corrective maintenance covers unscheduled repairs of defective components, while preventive maintenance includes scheduled overhauls to ensure optimum fleet availability.
For the two companies, this is the first long-term service agreement in Kazakhstan, but previously, Knorr-Bremse had a replacement part supply contract with Alstom for Kazakh passenger locomotives, which was signed in 2014.
“We are very happy to have sealed this long-term, comprehensive service agreement for the Kazakh locomotive fleet with Alstom. The agreement highlights our strong position as a competent, global aftermarket specialist and a strategic, close-to-the-customer service partner,” said Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division.
The service agreement was signed in Berlin on occasion of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s visit to Berlin.